New prohibition

City law banning commercial cannabis activity set to go into effect

Chico’s new cannabis law came back to the Chico City Council for a second reading on Tuesday (Nov. 7) and will go into effect in about a month.

During its meeting on Oct. 17, the council voted 4-3 to regulate smoking cannabis in public, ban all commercial activity, create a uniform permitting scheme for growing both medicinal and recreational cannabis and limit all grows to indoors. (Outdoor gardens are currently allowed for medical purposes.)

On Tuesday, Councilman Karl Ory (pictured) pulled the item off the consent agenda and made a last-ditch motion to allow for cannabis delivery within city limits and waive permit requirements for grows contained within greenhouses. Vice Mayor Reanette Fillmer made a sub-motion to accept the ordinance as written, which passed by a 4-to-3 vote down party lines.