The meeting starts at 6 p.m.
Meeting begins. Informal, no decisions being made. First up is Mike Contreras, who is asking about getting permit for volatile honey oil lab manufacturing. Not sure if he's with the one that's already seeking such a facility or another one.
Now rep with Shasta County weights and measures. He's offering to meet with dispensaries to ensure weights are measuring correctly, including at the dispensaries.
And now someone is asking about getting a recreational cultivation license for commercial grows in Shasta Lake.
Next up is Linda Beaver, resident, who praises city for taking a cautious approach. Says she hopes Shasta Lake, Anderson and Redding should collaborate, share values. Says there are a lot of people who don't touch weed, worries they don't show up.
Gina Seely now speaking. Says she taught school for 35 years. During that time Redding looked down on people in community. Worries about problems associated with weed, but also other communities will look down on SLC again.
Says she never tried weed, but worries youth will use more and "marijuana permanently affects their brains."
Says youth have ability to access alcohol even though it's for adults only. Now public comment closed.
He said community voted 54.3% in favor of Prop 64. State averaged 54.7%
For tax and revenue, he says they should be borne by the industry and its customers via ballot measure. But may not be necessary because the city already has one in place. Meetings like this one used to identify community priorities.
He says that this isn't like prohibition (alcohol) repeal. That one lasted only 11 years and had Feds on board.
One key aspect of regulations: what you can't do.
Currently, city allows only 3 collectives, all medical, Duckett. But less than a year until rec licenses start coming out, however.
Duckett says plan going forward is status quo but an exception: the council would be able to sign off on any new weed businesses on a case by case basis. Also, going to back off personal outdoor grow bans, maybe start using permits to regulate it.
Duckett says any commercial scale grows allowed would "most likely" be indoors and at the industrial park. Again, we've already had 1 person at meeting express interest in a recreational grow.
Alright and we're at closing public comments. Jamie Kerr, owner of 530 Collective, first up. She's addressing idea of "sustainability," aka not fly-by-night operations. Dispensary are retail operations and need to have the availability of products for dispensary. "We look at permitting 18 diff licenses (for a reliable supply chain)."
She also worries about pesticides on weed crops.
I'd like to see the city move forward with licensing," she said
Kerr says state regs are still in flux for 215 weed. But any med weed biz would require authorization from local jurisdictions (Rec weed biz are looser, but locals can still regulate and ban under Prop 64).
She's worried if city waits too long, it will delay that supply chain because the deadlines are so tight on 64 and MMRSA.
"This is not going to be an easy, straightforward thing with the state," Councilman Larry Farr. City Attorney John Kenny says the way the process works, it's up to the city for regulations. Kerr said MMRSA is a floor, not a ceiling.
Duckett says he expects to have an update in first Feb city council.
Kerr says she'll be speaking at local regs conference in Sacramento 18 and 19
Now Brazil gets up, says ordinance needs to fix language restricting dispensaries to non-profits because they'll need to get loans.
Brazil also pushes positives of outdoor commercial grows, such as fewer chemicals and more weed and fewer energy costs. "You cannot duplicate the sun," she says. She's referring to medicinal commercial grows.
Hall says Kerr is well informed on issues such as pesticides, some of which are safe unless heated.
Should hold another meeting in 3-4 weeks of ad hoc committee. Keen adjourns the meeting after inviting everyone to participate. "Please stay active, come to meeting and find out what's going on," he said.