Oxnard Council to allow medical marijuana deliveries

By George Miller

This week, the Oxnard City Council voted its willingness to allow medical marijuana (cannabis) deliveries in the city.  They have so far rejected commercial growing or processing of it as well as recreational marijuana sales, but seemed to be leaving it open for future consideration.  

Ordinances would have to be drafted, debated and approved before this went into effect. That would have to be done by January 1, 2018 to be able to have regulations that are more restrictive than state legalization, per SB-94.

Neighboring Port Hueneme is clearing the way for growing, processing, sales and delivery of medical cannabis. At least one facility is already built and ready to go. Of course, Oxnard residents could just drive over there to get it, regardless of City rulings.  It looks like there will be a facility in Thousand Oaks, too.

Meanwhile, the DA was laboring to convict local cannabis pioneers who were making medical cannabis available outside the law. However, numerous charges against the most visible purveyor, Jeffrey Kroll of the Shangri-La Cooperative, were dropped on a technicality back in June.

At past Council meetings, many speakers have gotten up to extol the benefits of medical cannabis and beg the council to make it available in Oxnard. 

There is still the federal government to deal with, which holds that all this is illegal. Some say that is an unconstitutional position.  It appears that the feds have decided not to aggressively pursue prosecutions.  So, there is a Tenth Amendment standoff.

It was pointed out that medical marijuana patients are exempt from state tax, thus diminishing some anticipated revenue opportunities. But a local tax could be passed. Regulation is still in a state of flux.


B. STUDY SESSION (2:00 PM)  City Attorney Department
1. SUBJECT: Marijuana Recommendations and Direction (5/20/30)
RECOMMENDATION: That City Council direct staff to prepare updates to the Oxnard City Code to: 1) Allow for deliveries of medical marijuana; 2) Incorporate existing medical marijuana restrictions into the zoning code; and 3) Prohibit commercial marijuana activities.
Legislative Body: CC Contact: Stephen M. Fischer Phone: 385-7483
Document: B1 Agenda Report
Document: B1 Presentation

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George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard. He has been a sea kayaker for 25 years.

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