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Here’s what San Bernardino’s proposed marijuana regulations look like

By in Press Enterprise on February 8, 2018

By Brian Whitehead

A week after giving itself 10 months and 15 days to get marijuana regulations on the books, the San Bernardino City Council got its first look at ordinances for commercial cannabis businesses, personal cultivation and public consumption.

The byproduct of public input, recommendations of a cannabis advisory committee, suggestions from cannabis consultant HdL and staff insight, the regulations would replace Measure O – tentatively ruled invalid by a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge late last year – as law.

The judge’s final, written decision is expected soon.

The public will have two chances to weigh-in on the proposed regulations: at a Feb. 13 Planning Commission meeting and a Feb. 21 City Council meeting.

The council is scheduled to conduct a second reading of the ordinances March 7, with a tentative effective date of April 7.

Discussed at length Wednesday evening, the regulations are comprehensive and address public health, safety and welfare issues.

Commercial cannabis businesses

There will be only one commercial cannabis business permitted per 12,500 residents – a maximum of 17 for all types: dispensaries, cultivation facilities, testing labs, et al. The original draft allowed 1 per 10,000 (or 21), but the council sought to limit the cap to assess the volume of initial applicants.

The council can limit the number of each type of business and can increase, decrease or keep the cap the same over time.

Permits will be awarded via an in-the-works, merit-based point system that rewards responsible operators. Permits must be renewed every 12 months and can be revoked should owners violate city or state law.

Top applicants will be presented to the City Council for final approval at a public hearing. Hopefuls could have to make a public presentation introducing their team and providing an overview of their proposal.

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