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By Tony Ault 

Hemet City Council looking at a community marijuana/cannabis initiative on the November ballot


Last updated 7/12/2018 at 4:24pm

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Hemet City Attorney Eric Vail explains in a July 10 workshop the details of two private initiatives on permitting marijuana and cannabis cultivation in the city that may be on the November ballot.

The Hemet City Council faced with two private initiatives, one qualified and the other pending from opposing commercial marijuana corporations wanting to do business in the city, may be forced to present their own initiative on the matter in the November election.

Hemet City Attorney Eric Vail Tuesday evening, July 10, presented the city council with the initiative issues, that if qualified and approved by the courts, will appear on the November ballot for local voters to decide to allow or prohibit commercial medical and recreational marijuana grows in the community.

Currently, Hemet under city ordinance does not permit the cultivation, distribution or sales of any type of marijuana or cannabis unless permitted by Proposition 64 under state law.

A draft of the city-initiated ballot measure will be presented to the council at its July 24 meeting.

City Clerk Sarah McComas said if one or both private initiatives go on the November ballot the city will be required to pay the cost of the initiatives that may be over $100,000. "We won't know exactly," McComas told the council.

For the full story, see the July 20 edition of Valley News.


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