OROVILLE — Facing a fair amount of opposition, the Oroville City Council took a big step on Tuesday toward bringing commercial cannabis to the city.
The council voted 5-1 to introduce two ordinances, with one focused on changes to zoning code to allow for such businesses, while the other outlines other regulations for prospective businesses.
The council may eventually give final approval, but Tuesday was only the first reading.
It’s unclear at this point if the ordinances will be disbanded if Oroville voters oppose a cannabis business tax measure that the council recently voted to put on the November ballot. Councilors have said they are pushing this forward because of the city’s desperate need for more revenue, as California Public Employees’ Retirement System obligation costs continue to rise.
There certainly are more questions to be answered, but SCI Consulting Group, which the city hired to prepare ordinances, has done this before. Many concerns raised by