Richmond’s existing dispensaries green lit to sell recreational marijuana in January

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Richmond's existing dispensaries green-lit to sell recreational marijuana in January
Photo: Rodney Alamo Brown

Richmond’s three existing medical marijuana dispensaries have received the green light to sell adult-use recreational marijuana when the sales become legal in California in January.

Last week, however, Richmond City Council unanimously approved an ordinance preventing any other business from selling recreational marijuana until the city can develop regulations that involve ample input from community stakeholders such as residents and businesses. A second vote on the ordinance is expected to take place at the Tuesday, Dec. 5 council meeting.

Until those regulations are developed, the three dispensaries currently providing medical marijuana to card-carrying patients will receive temporary license to expand its sales to all adults under state law. They include 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center (3288 Pierce St , Ste M 108), Green Remedy Collective (2928 Hilltop Mall Rd), and Holistic Healing Collective (15501 San Pablo Ave.).

After city regulations are established, the three will have to comply with the new rules.

Richmond is among the many California cities establishing regulations ahead of Jan. 1.

In 2015, the city limited the number of medical marijuana dispensaries that can operate in Richmond to three. That was after a fourth business struggled to find a location to operate amid neighborhood opposition.

While only three businesses are permitted to sell marijuana, the city last year opened the floodgates on commercial cannabis cultivation and manufacturing, hoping to generate more tax revenue. There is no limit on the number of medical cannabis cultivators or manufacturers that can operate in Richmond.

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