Ask Novato City Council to accept the staff cannabis-zoning recommendations.

Ask Novato City Council to accept the staff cannabis-zoning recommendations.

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Theo K Madias started this petition to Novato City Council and

Give Novato the opportunity to take the regional lead; ask City Council to accept the recommendations made by city staff regarding the licensing and zoning proposals for the cannabis industry.

Novato has voted for this right, and signing this petition reiterates the democratic process. Allow the sale, allow the regulation, allow Novato to take an economic lead in the county.  

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Safety & Community
To protect children, and to ensure that the needs of families are addressed laws have been enacted at the state level.

  • Cannabis facilities can only be accessed by those OVER 21 years of age.
  • Products cannot be consumed within at least 1000 feet of the stores
  • Smoking/consumption laws currently in place for tobacco apply to cannabis
  • Advertisements cannot target youth and the retail industries must not allow viewing through windows
  • Cannabis being more accessible also decriminalizes and lowers the ‘street value’ or ‘motivation’ to commit crimes related to cannabis
  • “The war we have is with opioids not with cannabis.” CA Governor Jerry Brown 2018
  • Some studies indicate more accessible are beginning to see a decrease in the current effects of the opioid crisis

California already has some of the toughest cannabis-regulations in the country for businesses in order to protect children and communities. Businesses must meet high thresholds for security, cleanliness and organic certifications. https://cannabis.ca.gov/laws-regulations/
 
Cannabis Retail Business does not pose a higher “security risk” to their neighborhoods than other high-value businesses (Jewelry stores, computer/IT companies)

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Bringing in Economics
Cannabis is potentially a multi-million-dollar industry for the town of Novato.
Labs, testing, marketing, legal, HR, distribution, packaging, security, retail, harvesting, storing, medical distribution, manufacturing. ALL THESE CAN BE IN NOVATO 

  • Cannabis workers are considered by the EU Department of Health as Highly Skilled Agriculture, High Skill Lab Technicians and generally are well-paid employees.
  • Cannabis workers are highly skilled and should be a welcomed addition.
  • High paying jobs add a strong tax base and bring the ‘right economics’ to Novato. (A 'master grower' can have a salary of over $102K in California, California Chamber of Commcerce)
  • These economics allow for community support and give our residents more access to services and support.

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Giving Novato a Head-Start

To date, most Marin municipalities have established regulations for cannabis ahead of Novato; as a community, we have already lost out on early businesses and industries looking to set up shop in Marin. But there is hope! No city in Marin has permitted the retail industry to set up. Give Novato a leg-up in this industry and business in Marin County. Retail businesses can bring in much-needed foot traffic to our businesses and shops.

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Cannabis Can Save Brick & Mortar
In the world of Amazon and instant deliveries, the brick and mortar stores and neighborhoods are struggling.

Cannabis retail can increase foot-traffic in downtown districts

  • As Novato’s businesses struggle to attract new customers, the  Marin Cannabis Retail Industry promises to bring much-needed outside revenue
    • obviously the neighboring businesses districts will also benefit from the economic spillover. When Costco came to town in the early 90's Novato saw an increase in economic activity come IN from other communities in Marin. Adding Cannabis retail will have similar effects in downtown, and Novato's struggling brick and mortar locations! 

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Democracy & Participation
Over the past few years, Novato residents have been polled, Marin County has voted, CALIFORNIA HAS VOTED. While the entire state has legalized the sale and use of medical and recreational cannabis few jurisdictions have been as open to the welcoming of the industry as Novato.  Over 72% of residents feel it would be an added benefit to the local business climate - City Staff

The Novato Chamber has come out in support of the City Staff’s Regulations.

The industry can bring our town much-needed revenue and new business for development--but none of that is as important as the democratic process. Our town as voted for this right, and signing this petition reiterates that democratic stand. Allow the sale, allow the regulation, allow Novato to take a leadership role in the county.

Let Novato take the lead and ask City Council to accept the recommendations made by city staff regarding the licensing and zoning proposals for the cannabis industry. 

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