CALIFORNIA CITY — City officials will study the possibility of increasing the number of marijuana dispensary permits allowed within the city, after the possibility of such a move was brought before the City Council on Tuesday.
The issue was presented as a question of eliminating the limits on dispensaries from the municipal code, an item requested by Mayor Jeanie O’Laughlin.
“We have (existing marijuana) businesses in town that want to add dispensaries, mainly (storefront retail),” she said.
Additionally, locations situated near Highway 14 and Highway 58 within the city limits could capture traffic on those freeways.
“There are no dispensaries located close off the freeway from here all the way into LA and up to Mammoth. That could be a potential huge tax revenue source,” she said. “I think we are leaving a lot of money on the table by not having dispensaries close to the freeway.”
The municipal code currently states that a maximum of two retail storefront operations and 10 delivery operations may be permitted.
When the city originally adopted ordinances allowing for commercial medical marijuana operations within the city in 2016, it limited the number of permits for all types of operations, including cultivation, manufacturing and distribution. The number of dispensaries