Commercial Cannabis Ordinance on Monday’s Bishop City Council Agenda

Nobody can claim Bishop rushed into allowing commercial cannabis operations within town limits. But, four years after Prop. 64 legalized commercial marijuana in California, the Bishop City Council will get its first look at a town ordinance allowing and regulating commercial operations. Here are the highlights of that ordinance, reflecting two passes through the Bishop Planning Commission. The 80-plus page document is available on the City’s website as part of the May 24 agenda packet.

  • Application requirements include certification from the Planning Director that the location is not within 600-feet of schools or daycares, a Cannabis Business Permit and an approved Development Agreement with the City.
  • Before opening, a Bishop business license, building permits and inspections, certification from Planning the business meets city requirements, demonstrated right to occupy and use the property, an agreement indemnifying the City, proof of insurance and payment of all costs for processing the permit must be provided.
  • Hours are limited to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are restrictions on consumption onsite; sales must be tracked; background checks plus a whole slew of records must be maintained.
  • Signage requires City approval.
  • Security measures include cameras, secured storage, panic buttons, a professionally installed security system, buzz-in entry (but no secret pass word) and licensed security personnel.
  • The City must be notified of any discrepancies in inventory, theft, loss or other signs of criminal activity.
  • Displayed product is limited to what is reasonably anticipated to be sold on a daily basis.
  • A community relations contact is also required to be available to everyone within 100-feet of the business. The contact is to provide quarterly updates on any concerns for the first year of operation.
  • The operation has to contribute to health or other qualified organizations for educational materials pertaining to risks of cannabis abuse.

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Panama Red
Panama Red
1 year ago

You can’t use a secret password because… um…sorry…I forgot what I was going to say.

johneliot
johneliot
1 year ago

“The operation has to contribute to health or other qualified organizations for educational materials pertaining to risks of alcohol abuse.”

They need to change one word and make all the liquor stores do the same thing. It’s ridiculous that they are holding them to a higher standard.

Ben
Ben
1 year ago
Reply to  johneliot

I agree. Cannabis, alcohol, tobacco and firearms all need to be geld to the same higher standard.

Sean
Sean
1 year ago

How is this even still an issue? It’s legal in the state, there are dispensaries just outside town bringing in $$$$ to the county, and the world hasn’t ended. I’m sure the school administrators will call in with the tired old “think of the children!!” line. what’s next on their… Read more »

Ben
Ben
1 year ago
Reply to  Sean

Incredible how a lot of people actually still don’t use cannabis with good reason and others fail to recognize that. The reason it is legal is because those people respect your freedom. A better place to start would be reciprocating that respect back to them instead of only thinking of… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
1 year ago

So no restrictions on the girl scouts from selling girl scout cookies outside store?

Ben
Ben
1 year ago

“The operation has to contribute to health or other qualified organizations for educational materials pertaining to risks of cannabis abuse.”
That is the ticket. It would be nice if it also included city parks and other common areas for children with schools and daycares though.