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CITY DEVELOPING REGULATIONS FOR CANNABIS BUSINESSES
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Berkeley, California (Tuesday, January 16, 2018) - As the City of Berkeley develops regulations for recreational, adult-use cannabis and refines those for medical cannabis, you can give input at a series of public meetings or via email.

The Cannabis and Planning commissions will be discussing  regulations such as the distances from sensitive uses, business locations, delivery services and a selection process for new recreational cannabis retailers.

The City regulations will align with recently released State of California regulations for the cannabis industry as a whole. The new state regulations created new license types for retail sales, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and testing labs.

The City Council will take final recommendations from the Cannabis and Planning Commissions and consider them publicly for final adoption in the spring of 2018.

For those who are interested, learn more and give input at the following meetings where such regulations will be considered:

Cannabis Commission 
Thursday, January 18th and Thursday, February 1st 
2:00 PM
City Hall, 2180 Milvia Street, Redwood Room (Sixth Floor)

Planning Commission 
Wednesday, February 7th and February 21st 
7:00 PM
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue

Learn more about the draft regulations by:

Community members can provide comments on the draft regulations at the meetings or send comments to either the secretary of the Cannabis Commission (egreene@cityofberkeley.info) or the secretary of the Planning Commission (aamoroso@cityofberkeley.info).

Community members can also provide comments to all members of the Berkeley City Council through one e-mail address: council@cityofberkeley.info.

The process to create new or revised regulations is being driven by Proposition 64, which state voters passed in 2016 and which legalized recreational cannabis for people 21 and older.

Local jurisdictions may choose to allow or ban cannabis businesses, and can enact development standards to regulate businesses, consist with State law. Cannabis businesses must be licensed by the State and have the approval of the local jurisdiction in order to operate.

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