City’s new Cannabis Council meets for the first time
CHICO — The new Commercial Cannabis Advisory Committee met for the first time on Wednesday evening; the meeting was largely introductory and served as an overview of what the board hopes to accomplish in the next few months.
Members of the committee include City Council appointee and City Vice Mayor Alex Brown, representatives from the Downtown Chico Business Association, Chico State, Chico Unified School District, Butte County Public Health, and the Chico Chamber of Commerce, as well as a local cannabis expert, a local business owner and two community members-at-large.
Chico Mayor Randall Stone made a quick appearance at the start of the meeting, in which he told the assembled committee members that local marijuana regulation was a “challenging and certainly politically heated topic” but that he had faith in the board finding a solution that would work for both sides of the debate.
Brown said the committee will have a minimum of five to seven meetings, with the opportunity to extend the schedule further as needed, and they would focus on questions of cultivation, microbusiness, manufacturing and processing and personal cultivation.
Several of the board members then spoke about what they would like to see accomplished by the committee, and chief among many of their concerns were the density of retail and the proximity to cannabis shops to schools, parks and playgrounds; the potency of available products; training budtenders in their responsibilities, the same way bartenders are required to; and marketing and products that target youth, such as flavored drinks and colorful packaging.
The representative from Chico State, Juanita Mottley, said the campus was particularly focused on making sure products were not targeted toward students.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
Community members who came to the first committee meeting said they were excited for the opportunity to bring the regulated cannabis industry to Chico, and former Chico City Councilor Tom Nickell offered to help the current committee find information that a previous board had compiled in 2008.
The next Commercial Cannabis Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 3 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at the Chico City Council Chambers, 421 Main St.