FORT BRAGG – Fort Bragg City Council held a special meeting Monday evening to discuss updating several city ordinances related to the cultivation and sale of cannabis.
The city updates the cannabis code according to the local language
Currently, under the Fort Bragg Municipal Code 9.30.100, no one can be “convicted of a crime or misdemeanor involving moral injustice or the illegal use, possession, transportation, distribution or similar activity related thereto includes “the manager’s or higher at a cannabis grow or retail location within city limits. This policy is stricter than the state’s requirements.
Councilor Tess Albin Smith also said she was in favor of leaving the current language as it is, but Vice Mayor Jessica Morsell-Haye said she found the language “bothersome” and “ambiguous” and added that “it is feels like an overreach “.
“I feel like it complicates things unnecessarily and I tend to take the state approach and focus on owners and applicants rather than their employees,” said Morsel-Haye. “If we want to say that employees cannot have convictions, we have to be a little clearer.”
One idea was to base the city’s ordinances on the Ukiah city’s cannabis growing ordinance, but Mayor Bernie Norvell said he had a problem with the “moral turpitude” clause.
“I’m worried that we will judge someone and refuse them a job,” he said.
The city council voted to amend the city’s ordinance to follow the state language, which does not include the “moral turpitude” clause, and the crime rules do not extend to non-manager employees. This change also updates and streamlines the process for a cannabis business license.
The city’s cannabis growing policy has also changed
The city council also alerted staff to their plans to allow cannabis cultivation within city limits. This would include rules for indoor and outdoor growing facilities, maximum size requirements and any bans.
Several considerations for the council were what types of permitted cultivation types (such as outdoor, mixed light and / or indoor cultivation), what water protection measures or restrictions the council wanted to determine for growth and what energy efficiency requirements exist.
The council agreed that it would not allow outdoor growing for commercial use, but would allow up to six outdoor plants for personal use.
For indoor grows, the council agreed that commercial use would be fine as long as odor control measures are in place and the city continues to work with the Fort Bragg Police Department for security and make various decisions about environmentally friendly lighting and water use depending on the species of growth.
The Council did not take a decision on the other items based on a determined decision to end the meeting at 8 p. M
The discussion will continue at a special session of the Council on May 20 at 6pm on a virtual web host. For more information, visit the city’s website at city.fortbragg.com.