City of Arcata press release
ARCATA – The Arcata City Council invites West End Road and Aldergrove Road residents, as well as any interested members of the marijuana industry and the public, to a neighborhood meeting to discuss the proposed Medical Marijuana Innovation Zone (MMIZ) Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Desserts on Us factory at 57 Belle Falor Court in Arcata.
This is a neighborhood outreach meeting to talk about opportunities and concerns of the MMIZ, and to identify specific properties in the West End Road/Aldergrove neighborhood to either include in or exclude from the proposed MMIZ.
The council will continue the discussion during its Wednesday, Nov. 4, meeting at 6 p.m. in Arcata City Hall, 736 F St., Arcata. At the meeting, the council will either adopt Ordinance 1468 establishing the MMIZ on specific West End Road properties, expand the MMIZ to include additional neighborhood parcels, or decide to do further work on the issue prior to making a decision. As with all council meetings, the public is encouraged to attend and participate.
Ordinance 1468 proposes a two-step process to establish medical marijuana regulations in Arcata. The first step involves setting the Land Use Zoning requirements outlining where local medical marijuana entrepreneurs can cultivate, manufacture, test and warehouse their products.
The second step involves setting up local permit and licensing requirements for fees, building and fire safety standards, odor control, energy and solid waste sustainability, security, license types and mandatory inventory tracking systems. Step one will not go into effect until the licensing and permit requirements of step two are adopted by the council.
For more information on the neighborhood meeting or the Medical Marijuana Innovation Zone, contact the Community Services Department at (707) 825-2040 or email [email protected]
Note: The following story appeared in the Oct. 14, 2015 Mad River Union. – Ed.
City Council approves MMIZ
Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union
ARCATA – The Arcata City Council last week adopted an ordinance creating a Medical Marijuana Innovation Zone (MMIZ) on West End Road. But strong pushback from area businesses and resident made the council scale back the size of the proposed zone, and a neighborhood meeting will be held later this month to gather input from area stakeholders.
As approved by the council, the MMIZ is planned as a location where cannabis entrepreneurs can set up tax-paying, labor-friendly and environmentally sustainable businesses under streamlined permitting. It’s also intended to mesh with the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MRSA) which was just signed into law by Governor Brown.
The proactive approach, developed during three Planning Commission meetings, is intended as a way to sensibly channel a predicted boom in the cannabis industry into creation of legal businesses rather than the unregulated underground enterprises that have resulted in disrupted neighborhoods, distracted police and criminalized cannabis workers.
It’s also intended to keep the federal government from further intervening in Arcata’s affairs by demonstrating a good-faith effort to regulate the local cannabis industry.
Land Use Code revisions adopted by the council specify the location of the MMIZ, now to be concentrated in the ruins of the former Humboldt Flakeboard plant.