Second city cannabis business workshop Thursday

The second of two cannabis workshops, at which residents can tell city officials what type of licensed commercial cannabis operations they want to open in Martinez, takes place Thursday.

At the first workshop last week, residents heard Matt Eaton, HdL Companies’ cannabis compliance manager, told attendees that the city could decide to prohibit all commercial cannabis operations, select only medicinal-related ones or only adult-use types, or allow elements of both.

The workshop doesn’t address the six privately-grown plants each residence is allowed to have or private use as permitted under California law.

Local governments share licensing duties with the state, and can decide what types of operations are suitable in their areas and under what regulations they can do business.

Currently, Martinez has a moratorium on commercial operations while city employees draft documents that would govern how those stores, delivery services, processors and growers would be regulated here.

Thursday’s workshop is a chance for residents to share their thoughts on what would be appropriate in Martinez and to hear about how licensed cannabis businesses are expected to operate.

The public workshop will start at 7 p.m. Thursday in Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St.

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