Despite Coronavirus, Changes to Calaveras Cannabis Rules Could Lie Ahead

Cannabis legalization efforts in Calaveras County have been stalled by COVID-19. But some members of the Board of Supervisors want to see the process start moving along.

From the Calaveras Enterprise:

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed staff to send an order down to the Planning Commission to, within 40 days, review proposed changes to the ordinance that regulates the county’s cannabis dispensaries. That was in response to a March 26 vote by the Planning Commission to put the item on hold until after the COVID-19 crisis passed.

In that meeting, based on the staff report, commissioners deemed such a review to be “non-essential” during a time when only “essential” business should be conducted. Public comment for the controversial topic would not be adequate from a distance, especially for those with poor internet connection.

Tuesday’s vote was 3-2, with District 1 Supervisor Gary Tofanelli and District 4 Supervisor Dennis Mills voting no. Those who opposed moving forward say cannabis regulations should not be a priority and that the item should wait until a public comment period can be held.

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