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Redding City Council Votes To Extend Moratorium On Marijuana Businesses

The recreational use of marijuana will soon be legal in the State of California. However the passage of Proposition 64 gave municipalities the right to decide whether to allow marijuana businesses. The Redding City Council took another step towards regulating the industry at Tuesday night’s meeting. The council voted to extend a moratorium on all recreational marijuana businesses within the city until next December. But as City Attorney Barry Dewalt explains, that’s only to give him time to draft an ordinance that will likely come back for approval in the spring. He tried to alleviate fears that all marijuana in the city will be banned. UInder prop 64 anyone can grow up to six plants for personal use. Dewalt says that would not change. But as with any regulation of marijuana, questions still persist. Lori Bridgeford cautioned the council to keep in mind that marijuana is still illegal by federal law, and likely the feds will keep working against large cartel grows. Whether or not that’s true, the council seems likely to pass whatever ordinance Dewalt brings back early next year, paving the way for pot shops to open in Redding. The council also seems favorable to putting a tax measure on the ballot next November. Also at Tuesday nights meeting Mayor Brent Weaver made a proposal to move the public comment period from the end of the meeting to the beginning. That will be on the agenda at the first meeting in December.