The City Council approved the creation of a Cannabis Licensing Commission Wednesday to help oversee the coming legalized recreational marijuana industry.
The 11-0 vote directs the office of the city attorney to draft an ordinance on the creation of the commission, which would administer the cannabis license and public hearing process, including the application, renewal and revocation of licenses, as well as coordinate inspections and audits of marijuana businesses.
California voters in November approved Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana starting in 2018. Prop. 64 creates a dual system that requires operating licenses from both the city and state, and the creation of the commission is needed to have a framework to issue the licenses.
City voters on March 7 also approved Measure M, which gives the city tools to enforce its marijuana