Yreka May Legalize Dispensaries

According to The Siskiyou Daily News, the city’s leaders are working on gathering information and gaining feedback from the public on cannabis dispensaries.

Elizabeth Tabor, a Redding native and owner of La Florista in Weed, demonstrates in this 2017 file photo how to use a medical marijuana patch.
Image from The Siskiyou Daily News

After public comments at the recent City Council meeting where Elizabeth Tabor is the operator of marijuana-related dispensaries, within Weed as well as Mount Shasta, implored officials to think about a plan that could open the way for the legalization of dispensaries within the city.

“I am not looking to bring it back to discuss it. I’d like to see figures prior to our meeting. I would like to see numbers on revenue,” Councilman Paul McCoy addressed his fellow council members.

“We will compile the data, and we will come back with the data, and then at that point, you can direct us to get more data or other information,” said the Yreka city manager Jason Ledbetter.

The marijuana issue has been a source of contention within Siskiyou County. Siskiyou County seat, where marijuana remains illegal. Previous community discussions have generated substantial public involvement and some current council members have an unfavorable view of the subject.

In the year 2018 Joan Smith Freeman, then in the position of mayor and seeking an election to the council, said, “We don’t want that element in our community,” according to Siskiyou Daily News coverage at the time.

the public’s opinion about marijuana has shifted in a way that has become highly taxed and controlled. The revenue potential from the introduction of a new business into the city may be enough to attract council interest especially as the city is faced with new costs for maintenance of infrastructure related to a plan to revamp Main Street with new sidewalks plants, crosswalks streetlights, and many more. Also, the city is looking at the operation and maintenance costs of the construction of a new aquatic center.

The city will take the pool issue to voters in November. They will be able to decide whether they would like to raise the sales tax in order to provide funding for the maintenance and operation of the pool.

Apart from the pool, during recent discussions with the council as well as the finance committee of the city, Ledbetter has presented various new costs that range from higher salaries to the cost of maintaining buildings and employee benefits. The budgetary pressures may be enough to convince the councilmen to have a fresh review of the cannabis business.

Louis Levey is the Content Success Manager and Founder at No Strings Content. He's passionate about helping cannabis businesses use content to attract, educate, and convert audiences. His hometown is Boca Raton, Florida, but he currently lives and works remotely in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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