The Calexico City Council on Aug. 1 tabled a decision on whether to place a cannabis business tax measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.
However, the council did consider expanding commercial activities within the city's so-called “Cannabis Overlay Zone.” This is roughly an area within a perimeter of Cole Boulevard, Town House Center and Las Palmas Swap Meet.
In 2017 the council passed two ordinances allowing commercial cannabis businesses to operate in the zone after obtaining a conditional use permit and a regulatory permit.
Each applicant can operate two commercial-cannabis-activity facilities in the city that includes: cultivation, manufacture, lab testing, transportation and distribution. But the existing zoning does not include delivery, dispensing or retail sale.
The city subcommittee studying expansion of the overlay zone included council members Bill Hodge and Jesus Escobar.
"The committee met in June and we recommended a public forum to expand cannabis operations to include delivery, dispensing and retail sale," said Hodge.
Added Escobar, "Cannabis is going to happen sooner or later and it is better to have the public weigh in on it."
But Council Member Maritza Hurtado noted the council was, "putting the cart before the horse. This is a complex issue. The federal government has warned us this is not good for the community."
The council voted 3-1 in favor of holding a public forum with Hurtado opposing. Council Member Armando Real was absent.
A date for the forum was not immediately set.