Criteria set for Truckee commercial cannabis delivery
August 3, 2018
After approving an ordinance in June to allow commercial cannabis delivery in Truckee, the town council adopted criteria businesses must meet to obtain a delivery license.
And, for now, Truckee will place no cap on the number of licenses distributed.
"I'd expect that all of our current local companies would be at town hall waiting for someone to unlock the door when we've set an official application date," said Council member Patrick Flora when considering a cap on licenses. "We have collectively decided that we're not going to put a cap on it."
A majority of the criteria is already included in the original ordinance. The list includes prohibiting a storefront and therefore keeping it closed to the public, consenting to a periodic site inspection, and requiring all businesses to implement security measures. However, security bars will not be allowed on the outside of the buildings.
“I’d expect that all of our current local companies would be at town hall waiting for someone to unlock the door when we’ve set an official application date.”
— Truckee Town Council member Patrick Flora
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In addition, the licensing process will require medical cannabis delivery business to show the town its sales and excise tax records.
"We want to see that they've been paying taxes in whatever jurisdiction they've been operating in," said Town Attorney Andrew Morris.
The council decided not to require criminal history checks, a staff report says, as extensive discussions would have to follow on what types of conviction would prevent a business from getting a license.
"Thank you for the hard work, dedication and diligence," Jennifer Barnaby, owner of Tahoe Herbal Care, told the town council. "We are looking to move forward with the completion of the ordinance and opening of the application process as quickly as possible."
The regulations approved in June allow businesses to only deliver. However, each delivery service must have a fixed location to run operations, at which direct sales cannot take place. The businesses cannot exceed 3,000 square feet or have a retail storefront. They must maintain at least 600 feet of distance from schools, day care and youth centers and will be limited to areas zoned for manufacturing, downtown manufacturing, service commercial and general commercial.
Businesses in the general commercial zone may not be located on a ground floor. In addition the town has the power to classify other sensitive areas in the future which businesses cannot be near, such as drug treatment centers.
Each business is required to obtain a use permit from the town and must only deliver to physical addresses. Delivery to a publicly owned place or building is prohibited. The town plans to adopt state safety requirements regarding disbursement of cannabis instead of creating their own.
Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-550-2652.