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Safeport Cannabis Dispensary
Safeport Cannabis Dispensary
“Things are working out very well in these first 12 months …” said Port Hueneme Police Chief Andrew Salinas. Ventura County Star

Tony Biasotti, Special to The Star | Published 9:36 a.m. PT Jan. 28, 2020

Ventura’s voters will decide in November if their city will get marijuana stores and other cannabis businesses, when they vote on whether to allow the city to tax such businesses.

The City Council voted 7-0 on Monday night to put a measure on the November ballot that will establish city-level taxes on cannabis businesses. Then, in a 5-2 vote, the council decided that if the tax measure passes, the city will issue permits for business that could include retail sales, distribution and testing, but not commercial growing operations. Christy Weir and Cheryl Heitman were the two council members who voted no.

If the tax measure passes and the city starts issuing permits, it will be the fifth city in Ventura County to allow cannabis businesses. Ojai and Port Hueneme have storefront dispensaries for recreational sales. Thousand Oaks has issued permits for a cannabis testing lab and two medical marijuana dispensaries, but none of the three businesses have opened yet. And Oxnard has decided to allow dispensaries, manufacturers, distributors and testing labs, though the city has not issued any permits yet.

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