Riverside’s cannabis shop ban may end in 2022

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KNX) — Five years after California passed Proposition 64, legalizing recreational cannabis use in the state, Riverside still prohibits retailers from setting up shop within city limits.

That may change in the coming months. The Riverside City Council is considering placing a measure on the November 2022 ballot to tax marijuana sales, paving the way for 14 shops to enter the Riverside market.

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Councilmember Ronald Fierro, chair of the Economic Development, Placemaking, and Branding/Marketing Committee said the tax would be between 3% and 5% of all cannabis sales.

Under the ordinance, cannabis shops would be allowed in commercial and industrial zones, more than 100 feet from residential zones and 1,000 feet from all K-12 schools, daycare centers, youth centers, parks, and libraries.

“This is a long overdue conversation to discuss the lifting of the city of Riverside’s prohibition on cannabis and the creation of an ordinance that will formally welcome this new and rapidly growing industry into our local economy,” Fierro told colleagues during a Nov. 18 committee meeting. “The city took a wait-and-see approach initially,” he explained, but the ban was “at best, misguided at this point in time.

Officials planned to bring a proposal to the committee in January 2022, and the full council would vote on it in February.

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