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Cannabis cultivation ordinance unanimously passes in Arvin

Dispensaries and sale of pot remains banned
Posted: 10:02 PM, Nov 20, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-22 07:15:23Z

UPDATE (Nov. 21, 7:34 p.m.): Arvin City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night to allow commercial cannabis cultivation in the city.

The ordinance allows for up to 1,350,000 square feet of indoor commercial marijuana cultivation. Dispensaries and the sale of marijuana remain banned in Arvin, and growers can only sell their products to distributors.

The vote comes as Arvin works to recover from a $1.8 million budget deficit. 

Opponents argued the move was in the interest of revenue rather than family values. Proponents argued for the medical benefits of marijuana and its legality statewide.

Arvin City Council is also expected to vote Tuesday night on a virtual ban of oil and gas production with the city.

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Arvin City Council members will vote on Tuesday on whether to have commercial marijuana activity in the city.

If adopted, the cannabis ordinance would allow for the sale, distribution and manufacturing of marijuana.

The ordinance would include heavy regulations, including annual permits, only operating in specific areas and sufficient security measures.

The vote starts at 6 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Arvin City Council Chambers.

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