Baldwin Park gives green light to commercial cultivation of recreational, medical marijuana

Baldwin Park gives green light to commercial cultivation of recreational, medical marijuana

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FILE PHOTO. Legal marijuana cannabis plants indoor grow farm. BALDWIN PARK >> Commercial cultivation and the manufacture of marijuana — both medical and recreational — will be allowed in Baldwin Park, city leaders decided. At a special meeting Thursday, the City Council voted 4-1 to preliminarily approve an ordinance which allows that specific pot-related activity in the city’s industrial areas. The move — which must be reaffirmed with a second vote — reverses a 2015 decision banning cannabis cultivation. City officials estimated the measure could generate up to $4.95 million in revenue for Baldwin Park, which has a general fund of about $27.6 million, and create hundreds of jobs, according to a staff report. “A lot of times, we’re just barely in the black,” said Councilman Ricardo Pacheco, referring to the city’s budget. “With this, I think we’ll be able to do a lot more.” Under the ordinance, cultivation and manufacturing facilities would not exceed 22,000 square feet and could not be located within 600 feet of a school, day care center or youth center or within 50 feet of a residential zone. Additionally, all cultivation and manufacturing of cannabis must be conducted indoors in enclosed structures equipped with security cameras and alarm systems. “You’re not going to be able to smell it,” said interim police Chief Mike Taylor, who voiced support for the ordinance. “You wouldn’t know it was there unless you knew it was there.” Taylor added that the businesses would have 24-hour surveillance video streamed live to the police department. The ordinance would not allow the sale of cannabis products in the city. Medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries continue to be prohibited in the city. Councilwoman Monica Garcia, who cast the sole no vote, said that while she sees the benefits of allowing cannabis cultivation in […]

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