Tuesday night the Sacramento City Council voted to allow cultivation permits for medical clinics to grow indoors within the city limits. That vote has paved the way for the city to be able to tax and license commercial marijuana growing, which could bring in millions of dollars to the city's coffers each year.
"This industry brings in millions of dollars. The average dispensary brings $104,000 a year in extra tax revenue to the city per dispensary," said Lanette Davies, one of the directors of Cana-Care, a medical marijuana clinic in Del Paso Heights. She's glad Sacramento took this step forward in allowing commercial growth.
"We're not going to be able to, as of 2018, be able to purchase medicine from our own base. That means that we have to have permitted regulated areas where medicine is grown," Davies said.
But marijuana isn't suddenly going to be growing anywhere and everywhere in Sacramento.
According to the passed ordinance, grows will only be allowed indoors, in warehouses of 22,000-square-feet or less and only in areas zoned for agricultural or commercial use.
The commercial grow sites also cannot be within 600 feet of a school or park.
"It's not going to be in your backyard, which is where you don't want them right? If you don't want them, put in good regulations and rules so that they stay in commercial areas," Davies told FOX40.
But not everyone completely supported the City Council's move. Some business groups worry grow facilities could scare away developers from the neighborhoods where they'll be located.
Still, grow operations won't be opening overnight. The city has given itself a 45 day moratorium to iron out all the rules.
"I think the city has plenty of time to allow for the neighborhood associations and for the people that are involved in the community to have a fair say about what's going to come into the neighborhoods," Davies said.