By Tom Dunn,
Monday night the Port Hueneme city council voted no on the Cannabis Farmers Market proposal on a 3-2 vote. The Cannabis Farmers Market that was to take place at the Hueneme Pier in Parking Lot A.
The promoter of the CFM and six residents, mostly from Surfside Four which is across the street from Parking Lot A, spoke to the council about their opinions as to whether the CFM would be approved. While the promoter spoke about three other CFM around the state that had been successful but also had been held in more open areas away from residential areas.
The residents stated their opposition to the CPM on the basis of that the CFM would allow consumption of cannabis at the CFM which could possibly cause attendees to be under the influence of cannabis and cause an accident and make the city liable. That families and children would be at the beach in close proximity was a major issue with the residents plus security, parking, late hours, being held outside rather than inside and the reputation of the city could be damaged.
The proposal discussion was well stated by both sides and the council did a good job of asking questions about the various points of discussion and what would be best for the residents of Port Hueneme.
A point the residents made at the end was that there was little time before the meeting that residents received notice from the city when the meeting was taking place and so few people were notified. The city staff said it would look into that issue and hopefully improve how citizens are notified in the future.
Tom Dunn is a Port Hueneme resident who is publisher of Port Hueneme News, a digital newspaper (facebook @huenemenews) and host of “Hello Port Hueneme” a video interview show about people, places and things in Port Hueneme.