Tony Biasotti, Special to The Star | Published 8:38 a.m. PT Oct. 8, 2019
Marijuana deliveries will be fully legal next month in the city of Ventura under a permit and fee schedule approved Monday night by the Ventura City Council.
The city had banned all commercial cannabis cultivation and sale, even after it was legalized statewide in 2016, but it no longer has a choice when it comes to deliveries. State regulations that went into effect early this year require cities and counties to allow delivery of cannabis by licensed sellers.
The permit regime in Ventura, which goes into effect Nov. 1, includes an annual fee of $293 for each delivery business, plus a $94 fee on each owner, manager and delivery driver to pay for criminal background checks.
“I’m glad to see we’ve made the permitting fees reasonable,” said Councilwoman Lorrie Brown, shortly before the council approved the permits and fees by a 6-0 vote. Councilman Erik Nasarenko was absent from the dais.
Brown asked Police Chief Ken Corney what would cause someone to fail the background check, and he replied that most felony convictions and some misdemeanors would be disqualifying. Felony drug convictions would be disqualifying, unless they have been expunged under Proposition 64, the ballot measure that legalized marijuana in California and provided for the wholesale expunging of marijuana-related convictions.
In addition to passing a background check, applicants must have state permits to sell marijuana and a city business license, and all drivers must have proof of insurance and vehicle ownership, and their cars must be outfitted with dashboard cameras.