With the legalization of the cannabis industry, it was only a matter of time before pot came to shove.
An issue that threatened to divide our state, as both sides made predictions that fell through, has mostly dwindled since the 2016 passage of Proposition 64, and its implementation on Jan. 1, 2018.
Look around: the legions of middle schoolers toking up behind the convenience store failed to materialize. On the other hand, the state fell short in its estimates about how much tax revenue would appear once legal pot became the law of the land.
And since it is legal, why shouldn’t local towns allow cannabis businesses? Their money is, well, green, too.
That’s the issue currently before the Grass Valley City Council, which appears more than ready to approve a swath of legal marijuana businesses. They include up to two dispensaries, three delivery services, two testing labs, five distributors, two nurseries and 10 manufacturers.
In a time when cities across the state are expecting lower transient occupancy tax revenue, it’s no surprise that elected officials see cannabis as a new source of cash.
Elevation 2477’, Nevada City’s sole dispensary, has been in business for over a year, and there appears to be very little problem with it. Before the pandemic, its interior was clean and well lit. Now employees take your order outside, and deliver product to your car.
Those transactions are a far cry from what authorities have said was a pot deal gone wrong last month that left a woman dead and six people, one of them facing a murder charge, accused in the fatal shooting.
We still have a long way to go before the price of legal cannabis makes illegal pot not worth it. Until it’s sanctioned on the federal level, there will always be