Currently, the City of Shasta Lake allows for the sale and cultivation of medical marijuana within its jurisdiction via City medical marijuana/cannabis ordinance(s). At this time, the City has three medical marijuana collectives/cooperatives that operate within the City. Outdoor cannabis cultivation
is allowed in residential zones, excluding vacant parcels, based on the size of the parcel which dictates the square footage of cultivation allowed.
The City’s goal in permitting collective/cooperatives is: 1) Reduce and eliminate the black market for marijuana; 2) Establish reasonable and comprehensive regulations that preserve the health and safety of the community; 3) Provide access to marijuana for those who benefit from its use; 4) Establish a new source of community funds that benefit the entire community.
To date, there have not been any calls for service related to complaints requiring law enforcement to respond to a collective/cooperative in the City. Also, since January 2015, these businesses have contributed $859,450 in gross receipts tax revenue while employing approximately 30 full-time employees in well-paying jobs. With the additional revenue, the City was able to add one full time Deputy Law Enforcement Officer, and fund $50,000 towards the Business Incentive Improvement Program
to assist existing businesses with improving the facade of their business.
With the passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act (MCRSA) legislation early last year, and now the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) on November 8, 2016, there will be a number of areas concerning regulation and licensing of activities under each of the acts. A majority of City of Shasta Lake voters passed Prop 64 Yes: 54.25% to No: 45.75%. Since the City has allowed medical marijuana collectives/cooperatives, some cannabis regulations are currently in place. To assist with complying with the passage of the new laws and regulations, the City has retained SCI Consulting Group
to help in the development of a final comprehensive regulatory ordinance(s), cannabis tax measure (ballot initiative), and development of regulatory fees for cannabis monitoring and compliance.
It is important to note that the City is not exploring any additional marijuana retail (dispensary) sales locations. The City, in conjunction with the consultant, is exploring the allowance of cultivation and other permissable marijuana manufacturing activities. With this, the City understands that there are those in favor of legalized marijuana activities and those that are opposed.