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April 14, 2024

Hollister council legalizes adult-use cannabis dispensaries

Hollister council members Monday unanimously approved allowing adult-use cannabis dispensaries.

The city previously permitted two medical marijuana dispensaries, Higher Level of Care at 1802 Shelton Drive and Monterey Bay Alternative Medicine at 773 San Felipe Road.

In 2016 when California voters passed Proposition 64 – legalizing adult-use retail cannabis – 55.5 percent of countywide voters also said yes to the idea with an even higher percentage in Hollister. That vote came 20 years after legalization of medical cannabis.

In January, the council took up a proposal from City Manager Bill Avera to legalize adult-use shops, but a majority of the council wanted to table the item for a few months and also preferred hearing from residents again before making that decision.

Aside from the adult-use component, the council approved other recommended changes to the cannabis ordinance, such as who will be permitted to deliver adult-use cannabis and rules for nurseries.