FAIRFIELD — Solano County is launching its road tour to get public opinions on a proposal to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas.
A majority of county supervisors have said they are open to allowing dispensaries, a turnabout from previous boards with different members. Supervisors pointed out that state voters in 1996 passed Proposition 215, allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
The Board of Supervisors on Oct. 8 heard a report on potential sites in the county where the dispensaries could be permitted. Possibilities ranged from multiple sites in Suisun Valley to Birds Landing to near Vacaville. The Board of Supervisors has land use control only over rural land, not within cities.
“Without saying ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ on any individual location, I would certainly wait for the public comment,” Supervisor Erin Hannigan said at that meeting.
Public outreach sessions will be from 6 to 8 p.m. They are scheduled for:
These sessions are not to be Board of Supervisors meetings, but what the county describes as public input meetings. County officials plan to present the results of the meetings to the Board of Supervisors in December.
Solano County has released a report with a couple dozen possible dispensary sites. It chose the sites by looking at rural areas targeted for commercial uses and eliminating locations within certain distances of schools and churches.
Potential Suisun Valley sites include Mankas Corner, Gomer School, Iwama Market, Morrison Lane at Suisun Valley Road, Abernathy Road at Suisun Valley Parkway, Rockville Road between Abernathy and Chadbourne roads and Cordelia Road at Thomasson Lane.
Potential sites exist at Birds Landing in the Montezuma Hills and at Central Way near Thompson’s Corner in Cordelia. Sites near Vacaville are the Quinn Road area and Midway Road at Interstate 505 and at Interstate 80. Sites near Dixon are near Interstate 80 at West A Street and at Highway 113 and near Pedrick and Tremont roads.
Go to www.solanocounty.com/medicalmarijuana for a complete listing and maps of potential areas for medical marijuana dispensaries.
Supervisor John Vasquez at the Oct. 8 meeting said he finds it ironic that most of the potential sites are within the districts of the two supervisors who oppose allowing medical marijuana dispensaries. Those districts are his own 4th District and Supervisor Jim Spering’s 3rd District.
The Board of Supervisors must also decide what rules dispensaries must follow. That includes how they must be designed, their appearance, how they operate and what security precautions they must take.
Supervisor Linda Seifert said that regulations must be clear, quantifiable and enforceable – if the board decides to go in the direction of allowing the medical marijuana dispensaries.
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