After vote to ban any commercial activity, council will here from deputy district attorney at study session

Recreational marijuana use, growth and sales is now legal in California and now the City of Taft is going to take another look at the issue and how its going to deal with it.

The city has now power to regulate possession small amounts of the drugs or use in private by adults, but The Taft City Council is going to take another look at the effects of legalization of the commercial growing and sales of cannabis and related products Tuesday night.
Two months ago, the City Council voted to ban all commercial cannabis growth and sales in the city with a provision to revisit the issue after Proposition 64, which legalized recreational use in the state, went into effect on Jan. 1.

Two local men, Travis Neumann and Ryan Coulter, have expressed an interest in building a commercial cannabis facility in taft.
After a lengthy discussion in November, the council, which at one point seemed to be leaning towards a vote to allow a commercial grow facility, joined Kern County and most cities in the county in voting to ban all commercial cannabis in the city with the provision to revisit the issue this month.

Tuesday evening they revisit the issue.
They'll have study session to start the meeting with Kern County Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer, who is a candidate to replace her boss, Lisa Green, who is retiring.

They will also get an update on the state regulations that came out in December from The Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Department of Public Health Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch , and the Department of

Food and Agriculture CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division (CalCannabis) developed new

regulations that further define the application requirements, fees, enforcement, and other


The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center council chambers.