Ron Hilton,

Napa County Cannabis Round Table covers taxes, health issues

Napa County and its cities are continuing to study ways to adapt to a Proposition 64 world that makes recreational cannabis businesses and agricultural grows a possibility in California.

Passed by state voters in November 2016, Proposition 64 allows adults to grow and use cannabis in their homes for recreational reasons. Communities can decide to allow outdoor cultivation and cannabis businesses.

On Thursday, representatives from Napa County and its cities again met as the Napa Countywide Cannabis Round Table to compare notes.

Calistoga Mayor Chris Canning said he has been approached by 11 parties interested in having cannabis dispensaries in his city, either recreational or medicinal. But Calistoga given zoning and school buffers has only three potential locations — if the city decides to allow dispensaries.

St. Helena City Councilman Geoff Ellsworth said the Calistoga and St. Helena area is limited in terms of space and roadways when it comes to accommodating cannabis and other businesses.

Napa Mayor Jill Techel said her city has yet to look at recreational cannabis dispensaries but is crafting a medical cannabis dispensaries regulation that will come through the Planning Commission and City Council in October and November.

Napa County Supervisor Ryan Gregory said dispensaries are a better fit for the cities than rural areas.