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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Cannabis: What do you think?

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 28, 2020) — The question of what to do about cannabis has been one Anaheim has faced for years.

As it is now, city regulations prohibit the sale, commercial cultivation and processing of recreational or medical cannabis in Anaheim.

Our City Council has expressed an interest at looking at a potential change in this ordinance or even putting the issue to the voters.

Of course, any change would come with strict regulation on location and operation of any dispensaries or other operations.


Even with changes statewide, previous City Councils voted to prohibit cannabis operations, believing that allowing them wasn’t the right move at that time.

You can see Anaheim’s current ordinance regulating medical cannabis here.

You can see the city’s current ordinance regulating recreational cannabis here.

Despite being prohibited, Anaheim continues to see 10 to 15 dispensaries operating at any given time in violation of our ordinance.

We expend police and code enforcement resources to address this. We even cut power and water to these facilities as soon as we are able to do so.

But for each dispensary we close, we see another crop up.

That has led some to ask whether Anaheim should change our rules and allow a limited number of dispensaries and processing operations with strict regulation to operate away from homes, schools and parks.

The taxes they would pay go toward city services.

Hearing from you

So the question comes down to weighing these two options. Should we legalize and license cannabis sales and operations in Anaheim or continue to ban them?

We know there are many opinions on this issue. So we’re seeking your input.

We’ll provide more updates on any proposed changes as they develop. 

We welcome you to share your thoughts with us at any point. Please email with the subject line "Cannabis."

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