The permitting process will depend on the type of entitlement required by the final ordinance that is ultimately adopted. Typically, it requires an application which is reviewed by the DARM Director but may also require the Planning Commission and Council to consider the permit. An application usually requires a Site Plan and other site specific and business information to be submitted.
Despite this, the mail order marijuana is already alive and lucrative in Canada. Due to legal restrictions against Canada Post seizing mail, cannabis is already being delivered to customers in all provinces. As it becomes legal across Canada, these businesses will likely grow and gain more customers. In fact, it’s projected that marijuana sales will outsell liquor in Canada by 2020.
While the city Excise department has targeted the areas such as Dhoolpet, Mehedipatnam, Nanakramguda, etc., which are prone to ganja peddling, peddlers have found their ways to deliver the drug to specific location with the help of a phone call. Akhil (20) (name changed), a student from a reputed engineering college in the city, was addicted to the drug and is currently undergoing a de-addiction therapy.
The vote does not immediately translate to an open application process for those seeking a permit to open a dispensary, but rather to begin the conversation and research into creating the rules and regulations that will allow medical marijuana sales in the future. With the total ban in place, City Council would have been unable to approach the topic with any real meaning. At least with the new amendment, Fresno can move forward on deciding what medical marijuana operations could look like within city limits.