Friday, April 29, 2016

The City of Garden Grove is hosting two upcoming community meetings in May seeking input on the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The meetings take place on Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 18, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in the Garden Grove Community Meeting Center, located at 11300 Stanford Avenue.

The purpose of the meetings is to allow the City to study best practices for regulating medical marijuana businesses and receive input from residents, businesses, and industry representatives. The study will include reviewing operations in other communities that currently permit medical marijuana businesses, to ultimately consider establishing a framework for developing an ordinance to regulate medical marijuana activities in the city.

The City has not regulated marijuana dispensaries, and formally established a ban on marijuana dispensaries in 2008. Although the City has considered regulations in the past, the ban has not been lifted since it was established.

The City Council has named a task force led by Mayor Bao Nguyen and Council Member Phat Bui to conduct the regulatory study, including a marijuana dispensary tax measure. The task force will lead the upcoming community meetings.

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