SAN BERNARDINO >> By a 6-0 vote, the San Bernardino City Council early Thursday approved a new set of regulations for cannabis businesses, public consumption and personal cultivation.
The approved regulations were tweaked slightly from a draft which had been previously OK’d by the city’s Planning Commission, after being assembled from findings of a cannabis advisory committee, cannabis consultant HdL and city staff.
The council’s action approved the first reading of the new ordinance, which will come up for a second reading during the regularly scheduled March 7 meeting, said Gary Saenz, city attorney.
During a late Wednesday night public hearing, several speakers urged the city to make business permits for dispensaries, cultivation facilities, testing labs and related businesses valid for a three-year time frame, not one as previously proposed.
But in part to align the city’s ordinance with state regulations, the council opted for a business permit that initially will be valid for a year, leaving open the option for multi-year permits to be issued in the future.