Wendy Leung, Ventura County Star | Published 9:09 a.m. PT Dec. 4, 2019
The Oxnard City Council said yes to marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday but no to flavored tobacco.
By a vote of 6-1, council approved a retail cannabis ordinance that would allow up to eight dispensaries in commercial areas across the city. They will not be allowed within 600 feet of schools, parks and day-care centers.
Councilman Bert Perello, who wanted a buffer of 1,000 feet, voted no.
The decision paves the way for prospective businesses to submit applications in the first week of February.
In a separate vote, council decided to ban the sales of flavored tobacco, a move aimed at the increasing number of young people who vape and the illnesses and deaths that have followed.
Council voted unanimously in support of the ban. It is not a ban of e-cigarette sales but rather the sale of tobacco and vaping products that are flavored with mint, candy, fruit or other tastes.
Councilman Bryan MacDonald said companies that market flavored tobacco to youth only care about profits and not the community.
“Marketing to our youth with absolutely no regard for their health, it’s a no-brainer for me. I support this,” MacDonald said.