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For Immediate Release
August 28, 2017

Contact: Matthew Chidester
Deputy City Manager
650-726-8272  
                                                                                      
City Schedules Community Meeting to Discuss
Potential Local Regulations for Cannabis Cultivation and Sales

HALF MOON BAY, CA – The City of Half Moon Bay is inviting interested community members to join the discussion around possible local regulations and licensing related to Adult Use and Medicinal Cannabis businesses.

Community Meeting on Local Cannabis Regulations
Wednesday, September 1
3, 6:30 – 8 pm
Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay

This Community Meeting will offer information and discussion about possible regulations and licensing requirements around the cultivation, testing, distribution, and retail sales of cannabis within the City limits.  The City is asking community members to attend and participate by sharing their thoughts, interests, and concerns about possible local regulations and requirements.  Currently, only personal cultivation and use of cannabis is allowed in the City and only in accordance with state regulations. All commercial activities are prohibited in Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay has held several public meetings on this issue, gaining a great deal of input and feedback, generally in support of commercial marijuana operations within the City. Subsequently, the City Council directed staff to proceed with drafting an ordinance to authorize commercial cultivation in existing greenhouse facilities only, including testing and wholesale distribution. 

At the August 15, 2017 City Council meeting, a variety of interested parties attended and provided additional comments. As a result of that input, discussion, and deliberation, the City Council directed staff to craft a modified draft ordinance which would include a wider set of regulations to encompass the potential for reconstructed greenhouses (of the same size and on the same site), and ancillary retail sales of medicinal or adult-use cannabis grown on-site.

Since we’ve learned more and heard a lot of new perspectives, the overall proposed regulatory scope has shifted, and so the City Council felt it was crucial for staff to go back to the community with these potential revisions,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Debbie Ruddock. “We need to better understand where our community stands on the issue today, and what direction they feel the City should be taking in order to move forward.”

The community meeting is not a City Council meeting, and will include a staff presentation covering the background and status of current State cannabis regulations and the local actions taken so far, a look at the proposed scope and elements of a possible ordinance, and what the results of such an ordinance might look like in Half Moon Bay. There will be ample time for clarifying questions and answers, and for attendees to articulate their perspectives on how the City is proceeding.

The input and comments at this community meeting will be provided to the City Council for consideration as Council members review a draft ordinance at their regular meeting of September 19. This regular meeting will constitute a “first reading” of the draft ordinance, and will include a public hearing during which additional community input will be encouraged.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City’s website is www.hmbcity.com.  
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