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Cannabis Education and Outreach Workshops

Mark your calendar and join the City of Norco at its upcoming Cannabis Education and Outreach Workshops on Tuesday, June 18, and Monday, July 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Nellie Weaver Hall. All cannabis-related businesses are currently prohibited in the City of Norco, however the industry still directly affects Norco, as California legislations seek to take away local control and regulations.

For more than a decade, the City of Norco has been proactively addressing issues related to the cannabis (marijuana) industry, in the interest of maintaining local control. As the industry was gradually gaining legitimacy in California, first for medical applications and subsequently for recreational use, it has always been a priority of the City Council to ensure that Norco is not unfairly impacted by state regulatory actions.

The following milestones bring us to where we are today in terms of the local regulation of cannabis:

  • October 3, 2007: The City Council adopted Ordinance 880 prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries in all zoning districts.
  • December 16, 2015: The City Council adopted Ordinance 1000 clarifying the prohibition of marijuana cultivation and transportation within the City. This was done pursuant to a recommendation from the League of California Cities for all municipalities wishing to continue the prohibition of marijuana cultivation and transportation in light of new state legislation that was going to go into effect January 1, 2016.
  • November 8, 2016: California voters passed Proposition 64, also known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). Although only 47.88% of voters in the City of Norco favored the Measure, the passage of this proposition legalized the recreational use of marijuana in California.
  • January 16, 2019: A new state law went into effect that allowed for delivery of marijuana across city limits. It could no longer be prohibited by a city, even if that city prohibited commercial cannabis activity within its own jurisdiction.
  • March 26, 2019: A Norco City Council study session was held to assess what measures the City could take to exercise greater local control on the cannabis industry and potentially generate revenue from activities (e.g. deliveries) the City could not prohibit. The City Council directed staff to arrange two public outreach meetings to gauge public interest in the issue.

The purpose of the upcoming workshops on June 18 and July 22 is to seek resident feedback in order to determine what reasonable local regulations Norco may consider, should the City Council decide to permit cannabis businesses in Norco. With cannabis currently legal in California and likely to gain popularity as Fortune 500 companies develop mainstream products for consumers, it is important to reevaluate what options the City of Norco has to continue the exercise of local control over these activities.

For more information, contact the City of Norco at (951) 270-5623 or info@ci.norco.ca.us.

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