Revised cannabis law on agenda

STANTON City Council on Tuesday night will consider a revised ordinance on cannabis sales in the city with business expected to begin in 2023 (Shutterstock).

The legal sale of cannabis products in Stanton is set to begin in the second quarter of 2023, and the city council on Tuesday will consider an amended version of the ordinance that earlier authorized that category of business.

In an effort to provide additional tax revenue to the city, Stanton several years ago began studying the benefits and issues surrounding such commerce.

The council adopted the tax on cannabis businesses in the city in June 2019. Another ordinance, authorizing such businesses, was approved in June 2020. After soliciting and approving applications, city staff has come up with improvements intended to reflect “current best practices.”

Amendments include definitions, the application procedure, reviews of applications and the ground for denial, transfer or renewal of permits and community benefit agreements.

If approved by the council Tuesday, the second reading and adoption would be considered at the Dec. 13 meeting of the council.

The sale and consumption of cannabis – marijuana-based products – for recreational and medicinal use is legal in California, but cities have the option of approving or rejecting such businesses.

According to a 2021 report, Stanton could receive annual new tax revenue pf $1 million or more.

The council meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the council chambers in the Stanton Civic Center, 7800 Katella Ave.

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