National City is taking another step towards allowing the sale of commercial cannabis
NATIONAL CITY, CA – The National City Council took a big step forward Tuesday night toward allowing commercial cannabis to be sold in the city for the first time.
After hearing from the public and much discussion, the board has approved a weighted application process for those who wish to open a marijuana business. Under the plan, the city will focus on requests from local owners along with proposals that benefit the community by increasing wages and benefits for employees, among other qualifications.
“This is in order to ensure fair ownership and employment opportunities in the cannabis industry for the residents of the National City,” said Megan Jamwell, city economic development specialist.
“I think that opens up more local ownership and that’s why I went with the 10% [for local ownership] “Just to get where you’ve been wanting to go to get as local ownership as possible,” said City National Council member Ron Morrison.
The decision comes after the members of the Council Approved in May Decree to pave the way for commercial cannabis sales, including cannabis lounges, which will be the first of its kind in San Diego County. The approval clears the way for up to three lounges and three commercial dispensaries to operate west of Interstate 5 in the Tidelands Avenue and Bay Marina Drive area.
Some of the city’s regulations include:
- The consumption of alcohol and tobacco is prohibited in the halls;
- Customer must be 21 years of age or older;
- The security guard must work during business hours; And
- Approval of permits depends on the anti-drug driving plan.
The city is expecting 10-20 applications in total, but council members voted to accept only six of them, and at least one of them should have a plan to open a cannabis parlour.
The next step is for the board to discuss the application fee. It will likely be before the end of the year.