Special meeting Wednesday afternoon includes public hearing

The Taft Planning Commission is going to take another try to come up with a proposed cannabis ordinance on Wednesday.

The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers

It's under a tight deadline to come up with a recommendation to send to the Taft City Council, who will have to have a final say.

The Commission is going to re-open a public hearing that was adjourned on Oct 4 when the planners told city staff they wanted more time to look at more than 200 pages of documents in their agenda packet.
The council has to hold a public hearing, then go through the lengthy process of advertising and approving a public hearing, and it needs to get through that process by Jan.. 1 if it wants to ban retail sales of cannabis products, which by all indications it does.

But it can't act until the Planning Commission does.

On Oct. 4, the Commission looked at two proposals -- an outright ban of any commercial cannabis activity in the city, or sharply limited retail sales.

Four of the five members of the commission indicated that that were willing to recommend an outright ban on all commercial cannabis, growth, manufacturing and retails, sales, at least for the short term.

Individual members of the City Council have all indicated that they oppose retail sales of cannabis products in the city, but have left the door open to considering permitting growing and manufacturing as a possible significant revenue source.