The Santee Metropolis Council voted 3-0 Wednesday to permit stand-alone hashish manufacturing operations, however banned using unstable substances, akin to butane utilized in hashish vape merchandise. Deputy Mayor Dustin Trotter recused himself from the movement as a consequence of a battle of curiosity and Mayor John Minto was absent.
Throughout the assembly, workers offered a map of the place hashish gross sales areas could be allowed, which is primarily in gentle industrial and normal enterprise areas south of State Route 52. The map confirmed buffer zones round to colleges, little one care amenities, youth and non secular facilities. locations
The Metropolis Council had beforehand mentioned permitting locations to promote hashish in industrial areas of neighborhoods.
Employees recognized two areas exterior of the deliberate buffer zones the place retail areas may very well be licensed sooner or later. These areas have been the place Lantern Crest Senior Dwelling is off Prospect Avenue, in addition to on the nook of Woodside Avenue and Shadow Hill Highway, the place Santee Market & Liquor and the Fraternal Order of Eagles are positioned.
Earlier than Wednesday's assembly, the Metropolis Council acquired an e-mail asking that hashish dispensaries be banned from the neighborhood's industrial areas from the neighborhood group CASA, which stands for Neighborhood Motion and Advocacy Service. .
Within the e-mail, publicly obtainable with the assembly agenda, CASA Government Director Dana Stevens pushed for “strict zoning necessities for all hashish companies — whether or not manufacturing, distribution or retail — that separates them from the industrial makes use of of secure neighborhoods for households and youngsters.”
The board requested workers to take away the 2 neighborhood enterprise zones from the permitted areas map.
“After we wrote this ordinance, we have been very strict in how we did this — we exceeded state mandates and tips in lots of circumstances,” Trotter stated.
Trotter stated the council had written its unique hashish ordinance to exclude the neighborhood's industrial areas from being eligible retail areas, including that it was nonetheless in opposition to it earlier than the council ordered workers to take away these areas. .
The council ordered the workers to develop a hashish ordinance in March 2021, which was later adopted in August 2022. This ordinance permits 4 locations for the sale of hashish, with out limits of testing laboratories or micro-enterprises that shouldn’t have a retail retailer.
In November 2022, the Metropolis Council requested workers to develop an software course of, which was offered to the council final month.
The subsequent steps within the course of will probably be to make adjustments to the ordinance, to be reviewed throughout the February 14 Metropolis Council assembly. The board will assessment the draft software course of within the spring, and workers is working to safe an settlement with the San Diego County Sheriff's Division for background examine companies.
Sandi Sawa, Santee's Director of Planning and Building, stated a California Environmental High quality Act assessment of the plan should be mandatory.