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South Monterey County will be getting its first cannabis shop. In a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday night, the city council of King City passed a new ordinance that will allow dispensaries and deliveries in the city. King City will of course follow state law, but this ordinance will take the rules a step further, raising their customer age to 21 years old and allowing only 2 dispensaries to operate in the city.”It’s kind of a two-tier process. There is a number of criteria we’ve established that the businesses would be evaluated by an independent third party that we would contract with,” explained Steven Adams, City Manager for King City. “Then once they met a minimum score on the different score on the criteria, then it would go into a lottery. Then it would be picked at random.”The council is also determined to keep cannabis shops away from schools, day care facilities and residential neighborhoods. That leaves just 3 possible locations in the city: empty business spaces on Broadway Circle, land next to the First Street off-ramp and the corner of Basset and First Street. “With any new business are always an opportunity for new jobs,” said King City Mayor, Mike LeBarre. “Local jobs, which are very important, help to meet a lot of our goals when it comes to climate resiliency and reduction in emissions. Any time we can convert a commuter job, we save all those travel miles and that person has a higher quality of life.”Although not everyone is excited about this industry coming to town, the mayor says he hopes legal cannabis will discourage sales on the black market. “Personally, I want to see us get rid of that market. Make it negligible on the impact of the businesses and negligible on impact of access to youth, because I believe most adults will not buy cannabis and give it to a child or somebody that’s young,” said LeBarre.The new ordinance will go into effect in 30 days. After that, the application process will open for dispensaries.

South Monterey County will be getting its first cannabis shop. In a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday night, the city council of King City passed a new ordinance that will allow dispensaries and deliveries in the city. King City will of course follow state law, but this ordinance will take the rules a step further, raising their customer age to 21 years old and allowing only 2 dispensaries to operate in the city.

“It’s kind of a two-tier process. There is a number of criteria we’ve established that the businesses would be evaluated by an independent third party that we would contract with,” explained Steven Adams, City Manager for King City. “Then once they met a minimum score on the different score on the criteria, then it would go into a lottery. Then it would be picked at random.”

The council is also determined to keep cannabis shops away from schools, day care facilities and residential neighborhoods. That leaves just 3 possible locations in the city: empty business spaces on Broadway Circle, land next to the First Street off-ramp and the corner of Basset and First Street.

“With any new business are always an opportunity for new jobs,” said King City Mayor, Mike LeBarre. “Local jobs, which are very important, help to meet a lot of our goals when it comes to climate resiliency and reduction in emissions. Any time we can convert a commuter job, we save all those travel miles and that person has a higher quality of life.”

Although not everyone is excited about this industry coming to town, the mayor says he hopes legal cannabis will discourage sales on the black market.

“Personally, I want to see us get rid of that market. Make it negligible on the impact of the businesses and negligible on impact of access to youth, because I believe most adults will not buy cannabis and give it to a child or somebody that’s young,” said LeBarre.

The new ordinance will go into effect in 30 days. After that, the application process will open for dispensaries.

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