Last night, the Pleasant Hill City Council voted unanimously to reject the Planning Commission’s recommendation for 2 medical dispensaries and to implement a moratorium on all commercial cannabis business, except to allow medical cannabis deliveries from companies outside of Pleasant Hill. However, the city indicated that they would require delivery companies to obtain a Pleasant Hill business license to deliver to Pleasant Hill residents.
Requiring delivery companies to obtain licenses for all of the cities to which they deliver is unprecedented, unfair, and unacceptable. Cannabis companies should be required to obtain a license from the city out of which they operate—just as is required from companies in other industries. Obtaining a license from cities of destination would prove too financially and logistically burdensome for The Agathist Collective. And, frankly, we object simply on principle.
Unfortunately, we are forced to add Pleasant Hill to a long and growing list of cities to which we cannot deliver starting January 1, 2018.
Many representatives of the cannabis industry attended the meeting last night. We spoke about the need that our members’ have for delivery services. Largely absent, sadly, were Pleasant Hill and Contra Costa County residents who use cannabis and rely on delivery services.
We cannot fight this battle alone. Often, city council members (and city residents) simply see us as greedy entrepreneurs rubbing our fists together in anticipation of a financial windfall. Our pleas often fall on deaf ears, or are lost in the drumbeat of misleading facts, racist subtext, and the propagation of prevailing negative stereotypes. If cannabis delivery services are important to you, it’s critical that you attend these meetings and voice your support. Otherwise, local delivery services will not be available to you in 2018.
The Concord City Council meeting is on October 24. If the Concord City Council follows the path that every other city in central Contra Costa County has tread, there will be no legal cannabis companies east of the Caldecott tunnel starting January 1. We will go out of business along with all other local, state-compliant cannabis delivery services.
This morning, it’s feeling very likely that a complete ban across all cities east of the Caldecott is the likely outcome. If you want access to legal cannabis next year, then it’s time to show up and speak:
Concord City Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:30p.m. in the Council Chamber
1950 Parkside Drive, Concord