Applicants for cannabis permits may get background checks

Jessie Faulkner
Mad River Union

ARCATA - Those seeking commercial cannabis activity permits within the city may be subject to an investigation of their federal criminal history.

As part of its consent calendar - multiple items acted upon by a single vote - the Arcata City Council will consider an amendment to a resolution allowing the review of convictions and arrest records of owners and managers of businesses seeking commercial cannabis activity permits.  The council meets today, May 4 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 736 F St. in Arcata.

In March, the council approved a resolution authorizing the city to review state or local criminal history of those seeking the permits. The amendment proposed at Wednesday’s meeting expands that authority to federal criminal records.

The council will also consider a proposal from Director of Environmental Services Mark Andre to accept fidicuiary responsibility for Arcata Foundation Funds raised for the Greenview Playground Project. The ongoing project is to make Greenview Playground the first all-inclusive playground on the North Coast.
“It will be accessible to children and adults with disabilities and will be the only inclusive outdoor playground within a 300-mile radius of Arcata,” according to the city’s application letter to the Arcata Foundation.
An application for $2,500 is being submitted to the Arcata Foundation, and the Foundation is requesting that the city serve as the fiscal sponsor. The playground project committee has raised roughly one half of the $300,000 needed to transform the facility.
In other business, the council will consider proposed revisions to the City Council Protocol Manual. Among the revisions is providing an iPod or laptop computer to each council member for use during their term of office and providing a cellular telephone for the mayor. According to the manual, personal use of the city-owned equipment is not allowed.
The majority of the proposed revisions involve clarifying the language of the manual.


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One Comment;

  1. SMH2much said:

    Is this to be the new norm for every business owner or potential entrepreneur of any endeavor?
    Whether singular issue or multiple, which amendments would this be infringing upon?

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