MARTINEZ — The City Council got a cram course on the city’s options under three new California cannabis laws allowing legal use and sale of marijuana.

Martinez has to make decisions soon or consider a ban until choices are made about how marijuana availability will affect the local community, according to City Attorney Jeff Walters.

No decisions were made at the informational policy study session Sept. 6, however some determination on the temporary ban will likely come at the next meeting.

Council concerns are about public safety, under age-21 access, the effect of marijuana availability on neighborhoods, and protecting the environment. They have also heard reports of “surprising amounts” of tax revenue.

The questions they face: Where is marijuana smoking allowed? If a store is permitted, will it require a photo I.D. before entering? What about the smell of smoke? How will the city decide what businesses to accept? What kinds products can be made and sold, and where?

Councilwoman Lara DeLaney agreed with Mayor Rob Schroder who said he opposes outdoor cultivation and use, but is open to other elements of the business. But she vehemently opposed any ban, temporary or not.

“Putting a ban says we are against it, without considering it,” DeLaney said.

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Source:: East Bay – Politics

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