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Napa planners endorse looser zoning for marijuana sellers

By Howard Yune

The virtual fences separating Napa’s future marijuana shops from places where children gather may be pulled in closer, amid complaints from would-be sellers and cannabis supporters that city rules remain too restrictive.

Cannabis stores would be allowed as close as 600 feet – rather than Napa’s current minimum of 1,000 feet – to schools, parks and other youth-oriented hubs, under an ordinance change the Planning Commission endorsed Thursday. The revision also would open up sites even closer than 600 feet, the minimum under California law, when waterways form an “impenetrable” barrier to walk-in access, an exception the city already grants for properties close to Highway 29.

More permissive zoning for those selling smokable marijuana and cannabis-laced foodstuffs depends on a vote by the City Council, which may take up the matter as early as June. Council members in March instructed city staff to look at pulling back the separation of dispensaries and children’s gathering places to the state minimum.

Read more at The Napa Valley Register

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