Tag: marijuana

Council extends commercial cannabis moratorium

Council extends commercial cannabis moratorium

| October 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Reluctant to extend a moratorium on commercial cannabis operations for an entire year, Martinez City Council decided Wednesday the city’s regulation of those businesses must be in place by July 31, 2019. Martinez’s ban on commercial operations, adopted on an emergency basis in 2017 and extended until Oct. 31, was put in […]

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Letter to the Editor: No cannabis shops in Martinez

Letter to the Editor: No cannabis shops in Martinez

| October 7, 2018 | 3 Comments

Despite the current ban on the establishment of Pot Shops in Martinez, a recent city council meeting centered only on where, not if, a shop would be permitted. All the city council members appeared to assume that the opening of 1 or 2 marijuana dispensaries would be a boon to our city. The speakers in […]

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Letter to the Editor: The people have spoken for legal recreational cannabis

Letter to the Editor: The people have spoken for legal recreational cannabis

| September 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

A recent letter to the editor in regards to legal cannabis in Martinez stated “Martinez is getting seduced into the marijuana business. It’s most apparent motive is that we need the money. As in taxes, fees and whatever”. What the author of the letter is overlooking is that the voters in Martinez overwhelmingly voted in […]

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Letter to the Editor: No weeds in the garden

Letter to the Editor: No weeds in the garden

| September 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Martinez is getting seduced into the marijuana business. It’s most apparent motive is that we need the “money”. As in taxes, fees and whatever. It’s almost as if panic has set in at city hall and we the people must comply with this emergency. The emergency is not our fault. This is the city council’s […]

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Letter to the Editor: Keep dispensaries out of downtown Martinez

Letter to the Editor: Keep dispensaries out of downtown Martinez

| September 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

For ten years Martinez has been struggling with marijuana dispensaries. Wasting valuable time in futile efforts to locate the perfect area in Martinez for such a thing. Areas where there are no schools, no hospitals, no churches, no youth centers or places of business which do not want such things. It’s a hard find because […]

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Martinez could have commercial marijuana law by November

Martinez could have commercial marijuana law by November

| September 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Martinez could have its commercial marijuana ordinance in place as soon as November, city staff members told the City Council Wednesday night. But because the current moratorium on commercial operations ends Oct. 31, the Council may be asked to extend that ban for as much as a year because no further extensions […]

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Message from the Mayor: Upcoming elections

Message from the Mayor: Upcoming elections

| September 9, 2018 | 2 Comments

By ROB SCHRODER Mayor of Martinez Many of you, like my wife and I, recently received a letter from the Contra Costa County Elections Department advising you that your precinct no longer has a polling place and you will be voting by mail, whether you signed up for it or not. I have received many […]

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City staff seeks more input for developing marijuana ordinance

City staff seeks more input for developing marijuana ordinance

| September 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Martinez employees will ask the Martinez City Council today for additional guidance as they craft a proposed marijuana ordinance to regulate commercial and other operations. Three staff members – Community and Economic Development Director Christina Ratcliffe, Chief of Police Manjit Sappal and Contract Planner Brian Millar – wrote a report that described […]

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Marijuana dispensary clears first hurdle

Marijuana dispensary clears first hurdle

| August 1, 2018 | 3 Comments

Planning Commission approves permit, sends agreement to council for vote MARTINEZ, Calif. – With an acknowledgment it is punting a final decision, the Planning Commission approved a permit for the city’s first medicinal marijuana dispensary and has sent the project’s development agreement to the Council for its vote. Firefly’s application is the only one under […]

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Planning commission delays decision on commercial cannabis application

Planning commission delays decision on commercial cannabis application

| May 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Planning Commission agreed Tuesday with a city staff recommendation to delay deciding whether to recommend the City Council approve an application for a medicinal marijuana dispensary. Originally, Contract Planner Cindy Gnos and Community and Economic Development Director Christina Ratcliffe had suggested the Commission recommend approving the conditional use permit and an […]

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