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Red Bluff City Council reviews status of cannabis ordinance
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On Tuesday, the Red Bluff City Council will review the status of a drafted cannabis ordinance and a petition submitted by a group hoping to bring commercial cannabis businesses to Tehama County for the first time.

Cody Strock, director of Revive Red Bluff, says they have gathered roughly 1,400 signatures supporting the initiative to bring legalized commercial cannabis back in June and submitted the signatures to the City of Red Bluff. The city has received the signatures from the group to verify.

"They told me it was on track. I submitted around 1,600 signatures or so, and the vast majority of them, 98% are valid. Which puts me about 200% to goal for the threshold of what is required to make this happen," Strock said.

In May, the city council selected an attorney to represent the city as a special cannabis counsel, assisting the city with revisions to the draft cannabis ordinance.

Strock says he is pushing the ordinance to move forward in having residents who want to establish a cannabis business in the county have the ability to do so.

"Ideally, they’ll give up and dismiss the special attorney they hired for this and get prepared to turn this into law. Because this doesn’t have to go to an election."

He said he will be present at the morning meeting and says if the city moves forward with the ordinance, "My hope is that they’ll turn this into law, dismiss the attorney, and within 30 days the election will be. And we can start opening businesses and start applying to things."

According to the agenda, the attorney hired by the city expects to present a revised draft cannabis ordinance for the council's consideration in the next several days.

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