Chico City Council makes recommendation on marijuana


CHICO, Calif. - The Chico City Council approved a recommendation to "streamline all marijuana related laws into one city ordinance" Tuesday night, sending new direction to the city attorney ahead of statewide legalization of recreational marijuana in 2018.

By a 4-3 vote, the council approved one of three recommendations to previous proposals about cannabis regulations in Chico.

The approved section in the council's minutes reads as follows:

"Streamline all marijuana related laws into one City ordinance (i.e., repeal Chapter 19.77 and revise the proposed ordinance previously presented to the City Council), to (a) allow for the personal cultivation of medical and recreational marijuana -- indoors only, (b) have one permitting scheme, (c) explicitly prohibit commercial cannabis activity citywide, (d) regulate the smoking of marijuana in public, and (e) ensure consistency with SB 94."

In other business, the council accepted a recommendation to amend a city ordinance governing digital signs in the commercial services zoning district.

The council also approved unanimously funds to pay for replacing what City Clerk Deborah Presson said is 23-year-old council chamber technology.

The Chico City Council meetings can be viewed online at the city website here.

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