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Name not shown inside Vallejo August 18, 2017, 10:21 PM

You would be far better off using the eight hundred thousand on putting more police officers on the street. There are no laws in this town. You can run any red light you like or break any other driving law with out worry of being stopped. You can sit in any parking lot and do your drugs no police will bother you.

Ray Prez outside Vallejo August 15, 2017, 10:46 PM

Open Topic Vallejo Cannabis

I attend the Aug 15th meeting and here are some of my suggestions:

1) The city should consider creating a plan that Oakland has implemented that address the "War on Drugs" that devastated the black and brown communities more than any other group. Currently, there is a large population of minorities in prison serving long sentences for selling weed. I sent the Oakland plan to Ms. Altman.
2) The city should at least add 2 members to the Ad-hoc committee from the industry to offer input and feedback as the city move forward. I would suggest adding the representatives now.
3) The city phased in plan for the medical cannabis would meet the timeline for the 11 current dispensaries. These businesses will have an opportunity to be ready on Jan 2, 2018 to apply for a state license. From the meeting, I took away the current dispensaries have the current investment funds for cultivation, testing and manufacturing of cannabis. Why these dispensaries should be allowed to take advance of getting a license because they have a current permit? This would have these dispensaries monopolize on the cultivation, testing and manufacturing of cannabis in the city. By implementing a program like Oakland, this will allow new applicants to participate in the lucrative part of the industry along with the current dispensaries.
4) The city should consider having patients become a member of a club where the club can offer educational classes and information on the different cannabis products that relieve ailments they may not be aware of. I would recommend consumption on site that will give them an opportunity to test the products that may help with their ailments.
5) I was told at the meeting that minorities (i.e. African Americans) are owners of dispensaries but I did not see any at the meeting representing their dispensaries. I hope an African American owner is at the meeting on 8/22/17.

Ray

Morgan Lindsay Hannigan inside Vallejo August 15, 2017, 12:40 PM

This feels like the council still views the industry as adversarial and like it was written by the same folks who refused the Measure C tax revenue and tried limiting the number of dispensaries to 4. It appears as though the City is not considering state law, and refusing to allow the most basic rights afforded by AUMA and MCRSA. It is beyond insulting to continue to be called "illegal," and to believe that the biggest chunk of work (phase 3) will be completed satisfactorily when the product of 7 months of hard work on phase 1 looks so disappointing. Why the anti-cannabis position still holds strong is beyond me, considering the amount of money taken by candidates from an industry they now call "illegal."

Terrie Smail inside Vallejo August 14, 2017, 9:43 PM

Take a look at the Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch. They have an absolutely beautiful banquet room that holds 250 or more people, restaurant & bar. So Maybe we could have more than one banquet room that can hold large groups. They should have beautiful views of the Golf Course. Make a few wedding areas outside with flowers, shrubs, trees & waterfalls. Make it more than a first class golf course. Make it a place where people want to hold events. Have a commercial kitchen with staff for catered events or have the restaurant do catering. Dream big and make it beautiful and the people will come. I would love to see this at the golf course.

Tomasz Bednarz inside Vallejo August 14, 2017, 11:17 AM

This ordinance unfairly knights the operators of current dispensaries as the lordship of the cannabis industry in town. Also there are many other cannabusinesses that need accommodation such as growers, laboratories, transportation, and processing facilities that support the existence of dispensaries everywhere. We need room for all of them. Current proposed law is also an attempt to impose a certain morality not everyone has aligned with. Regulating the stores will not control the use or sale of cannabis. Easier and safer access will not raise consumption levels or even invite many new consumers. The market regulates itself fairly well. Businesses thay arent doing well will shut down on their own.  In this time of the Green Rush in California we should be enabling and encouraging new business especially if we want to keep calling Vallejo the "City of Opportunity."  There are hundreds of private cannabis dealers delivering and selling it on street corners. Many of those people the city dream of an opportunity to run a business legally. There are many small home growers who make a living wage providing this natural medicine to their friends and neighbors and have no desire to open large stores. Cannabis is viewed as a cash cow but its not much different than any other business. There might be a temporary to open new cannabusineses and the ones that dont do well will go out of business.  I propose a ordinance making it easy to register everyone in the city who wants to sell cannabis. This would effectively eliminate the black market, while the laws being proposed now to control cannabis will keep a large portion of the market untaxed and underground. Cannabis dispensaries are no worse than a health food store. It is a big contrast from a liquor store, a bar, or even a pharmacy. Alcohol and drugs are the real problem not the cannabis. There are 1000s varieties of cannabis thatNobody has ever died of a cannabis overdose. Our neighbor Napa has 1000s of wines that have killed people. We could have 1000s of products available in Vallejo that help people. Placing them 1000 feet away from parks and schools would just concentrate them in certain areas instead of distrubuting them evenly where the owners feel there is a market for cannabis. Many cannabis users are very sick and should not be forced to be stressed and travel a greater distance in order to find the medicine they need.

Brenda Crawford inside Vallejo August 13, 2017, 12:13 PM

I am not sure how after years of dealing with this issue and spending approx $160.000 in consultant fees you come with this incredible flawed document! The Mayor and Council have been given copies of effective ordinances from other cities. Literally all they had to do was change the name of the city to Vallejo and use one of several successfully implemented ordinances they were provided. This
document is such a chopped job and so
disrespectful of the industry they forgot to delete limited immunity in one section.
This process along with the debacle of the cement factory has convinced me that the best solution to get adequate competent representation is government in Vallejo is through district elections. We cannot keep shooting ourselves in the foot by allowing these opportunities to pass us by simple because we have elected officials who act like punitive patents.. instead of sane sensible business regulators and policy makers. This document clearly shows they are more interested in controlling the industry and treating them in a child like manner. Talk about biting the hands that feeds you! Without the 2 million collected we would be facing deficit spending. If I owned a MMD in town I would be looking to relocate my business in a place where folks are willing to work in partnership and where I could get the best bang for my buck, clearly this document shows that is not Vallejo..Enough is Enough!

Name not shown inside Vallejo August 11, 2017, 7:40 PM

Smoking MJ should be done at the comfort of their home not in public view so young children and family can keep up with the moral and welfare of their future and uphold a strong communities. Anyone is entitled to do their thing but in the privacy of their home not out in public .

Monica Tipton inside Vallejo August 11, 2017, 9:24 AM

This process appears fair, logical, and reasonable. Thank you to all who worked to develop this proposal.

Name not shown inside Vallejo August 10, 2017, 2:58 PM

In my opinion this is a reasonable manner in which to approach the coming State Legalization of Marijuana for recreational use here in Vallejo. It may limit the number of dispensaries for a time but even this is reasonable.

Name not shown inside Vallejo August 4, 2017, 5:36 PM

I am in agreement with eliminating or reducing the City subsidy for the golf course. I think Vallejo needs to keep the courses as they are a positive draw to the community. I have often thought about learning to golf as I have a set of clubs given to me, but haven't done so. If more information about the services offered by the golf course was easier to obtain, it would probably spur me on to utilize the course. I do not agree that building homes in the area is a good idea. The traffic would suffer and the aesthetics of Columbus Parkway with open space I enjoy seeing.