City Council Considers Cannabis Ordinance Changes: On-Site Consumption, Larger Canopy & License Changes | South of Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The South Lake Tahoe City Council (Council) has on its agenda Tuesday several amendments to the Cannabis Ordinance and Public Safety Licensing Ordinance: On-Premises Consumption, allowing a increased cultivation coverage from 5,000 to 22,000 square feet and allowing owners and operators to hold more than one non-retail license.

the Council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and is being held virtually and in person in the airport boardroom.

When the original prescription was approved three years ago, the Board at the time agreed with the committee set up to help create the new rules to go slow and see what works in South Lake Tahoe. They also didn’t want to see big corporations come to town and create a monopoly on cannabis, or encourage cannabis use before people got into vehicles.

At the time:

– A cannabis business owner and/or operator cannot own or operate more than one cannabis business in the city.
– No on-site consumption of cannabis products.
– No more than two micro-enterprises are allowed in the city.
– No more than two cultivators are allowed in the city.
– No more than four manufacturers are allowed in the city.
– There will be no more than two authorized retailers in the city, unless one or both of the authorized micro-enterprises does not include a retailer component, in which case an additional retailer will be authorized for each micro-enterprise. business without a retailer component, up to a limit of no more than four retailers in the city.
– The cultivation of cannabis for commercial purposes cannot be
grown in a fully enclosed space up to 5,000 square feet.

There are currently three cannabis retail businesses operating under this order. The Tahoe Wellness Center operates under a settlement agreement with the city and has had three years to comply with the rules of the ordinance and be licensed by the city by April 2022.

The ordinance currently limits the opening hours of cannabis businesses and they must close at 10:00 p.m. If approved, the amendment to the ordinance now states that they could remain open for consumption on site until 2:00 a.m. All cities with cannabis retail sales are permitted for on-premises consumption. The Carson City Board of Supervisors voted against allowing it in July 2021.

For the full staff report and agenda, and how to join meetings, visit HERE.

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