Cannabis law challenged

Local activists launch campaign against Chico ordinance banning sales

Local activists have formed a loosely structured group to protest the ordinance passed last week by the Chico City Council banning commercial cannabis in town. Their biggest issue with the measure, says spokeswoman Denice Lessard, is that it goes against what Chico voters want.

“We analyzed Measure L, and while it failed in the county, it passed by 63 percent in Chico,” Lessard said. Measure L was on the ballot last November and would have allowed for medical dispensaries and other commercial activity in the county. “We feel there is support in Chico for a dispensary and also other cannabis businesses.”

The group has created a petition that calls for the repeal of the city’s ordinance and would allow for a dispensary and delivery services in town. People can find petition gatherers at the Saturday farmers’ market and through local delivery services.