Q: Can I sell commercial cannabis now? Can I open a dispensary now?
A: No. The ordinance is not in effect. It will need to be voted on by the City Council a second time in September, then go through a 30-day period before becoming effective. Per the ordinance, a maximum of four permits for the Retailer-Storefront commercial cannabis use may be issued by the City. Until you have a permit to operate a Retailer-Storefront use, selling cannabis is illegal under both state law and local ordinance.
Q: Can I open a commercial cannabis use at my location?
A: Not yet. You will first need to determine what zoning district your property is in. If it is residentially zoned, then there is no allowance for a Commercial Cannabis use — all residential zones are excluded from all commercial cannabis business. The Retailer-Storefront use is only allowed in the Community Commercial (CC), Regional Commercial (CR), Commercial Services (CS), and TND-CORE zoning districts, and only after receiving a Commercial Cannabis business permit and a Conditional Use Permit from the City of Chico. You will then also need to obtain a State issued cannabis license and a city-issued Commercial Cannabis Business permit. Information about the state license process can be found at www.bcc.ca.gov. Applications for the City permit will be available soon after final reading of the ordinance.