Cannabis workshops April 11, 19

The city of Martinez will have two workshops on the cannabis policies it is developing, and it will be the chance for the public to weigh in on the matter.

“The purpose of these workshops is to seek resident feedback in order for the city to determine the reasonable local regulations that our jurisdictions should consider if we decide to permit cannabis businesses in our city,” the city’s announcement said.

Among the questions that will be posed during the workshops are about the positive and negative impacts of the cannabis industry in the city.

The sessions will look at what limits the city might set if it allows cannabis businesses within its boundaries, how the drug can be kept out of the hands of youth, and whether such businesses would bring unwanted activity to Martinez.

The two workshops will look at the cannabis industry’s effects on health, safety and the environment, too.

Among the other questions is how much Martinez might expect to be generated from cannabis taxes and fees, how that money should be used and whether there should be a minimum funding allocation to youth drug education and similar projects.

The workshops will start at 7 p.m. April 11 and April 19 in the Council Chambers of Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St.

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