Supes move forward on crafting cannabis policy

STOCKTON — Supervisors moved forward, barely, on Tuesday on the matter of how legal, commercial cannabis businesses will be sanctioned to operate in unincorporated San Joaquin County.

Following lengthy discussion and a narrow vote, supervisors approved an ordinance that sets forth the rules that will govern cannabis sales.

Among the highlights:

• Retail licensees will be able to sell medical and recreational cannabis.

• Prospective businesses will be required to be licensed by the state and need use permits from the county.

• Businesses will be forbidden from marketing to those younger than 21 years of age and will be responsible for providing security at their sites.

“There is this opportunity now for (cannabis) businesses to prove themselves as stewards of the community as opposed to being perceived as a scourge to the community,” Zach Drivon, an attorney whose practice focuses on cannabis issues, said following Tuesday’s vote.

For the new ordinance to take effect,

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