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Atascadero hosting city hall hosting recreational marijuana open forum 

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–In November 2016, Prop. 64 was passed in the State of California to regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use. As a part of Prop 64, each city is able to establish their own regulations for their community. The state is planning to issue licenses for all forms of recreational marijuana businesses beginning Jan. 1, 2018, therefore each city needs to adopt regulations ahead of that date.

In an effort to establish these regulations, the City of Atascadero will be hosting a series of public open house events to discuss Prop 64 with the community on an individual basis versus in a public forum. These events are intended to provide an opportunity for members of the public to meet one on one with a member of our staff to share their thoughts on how the City should regulate the use, sale, and production of recreational marijuana. The series of open houses will take place over three different dates to give our residents an opportunity to be heard.

Open house dates and locations

City Hall, 6500 Palma Avenue, Atascadero
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 9  a.m. – 12 noon

Pavilion on the Lake, 9315 Pismo Avenue, Atascadero
Thursday, March 2, 3  – 6 pm

Prop 64 has been met with a variety of concerns and questions along with detailed and complicated state regulations. It is important to the City of Atascadero that the opinions, questions, and concerns are heard from the public. In addition, it will encourage our community to weigh in on their thoughts around regulation, as well as address concerns about Prop 64. These open houses are a perfect place to pose questions and hear from our community in a less formal setting where residents can have a 1-1 conversation with city staff.

There are a variety of feelings about this new proposition that are not comfortable for most people to ask in a public hearing. This forum will strive to offer the right environment to discuss the topic and the city will be staffed to accommodate the interest from the community.

For more information, please contact Terrie Banish at (805) 470-3490.


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