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March 25, 2023

County planning commission to weigh new cannabis ordinance

The San Benito County Planning Commission on Wednesday will hear a presentation on a draft of the local cannabis ordinance, and related public hearings will follow.
The agenda for the 6:30 p.m. meeting at the County Administration Building, 481 Fourth St., includes several items on the proposed cannabis ordinance.
It comes after voters in June approved a range of new taxes for cannabis-related businesses, setting the stage for such activities — excluding dispensaries — in unincorporated San Benito County.
The new law would allow cannabis businesses to engage in the following commercial cannabis activities :

  • Cultivation (including Nursery),
  • Manufacturing (Volatile and Non-Volatile),
  • Laboratory testing,
  • Distribution,
  • Microbusiness (Non-Retail), and
  • Delivery only via Out-of-County Delivery Services.
  • Establish Cannabis Business Permits for the duration of one year.

Separate public hearings at Wednesday’s meeting would deal with land use, zoning and permitting of such businesses, and the planning commission could make a recommendation on a draft ordinance to the board of supervisors.