BALDWIN PARK >> Commercial cultivation and the manufacture of marijuana — both medical and recreational — will be allowed in Baldwin Park, city leaders decided.
At a special meeting Thursday, the City Council voted 4-1 to preliminarily approve an ordinance which allows that specific pot-related activity in the city’s industrial areas. The move — which must be reaffirmed with a second vote — reverses a 2015 decision banning cannabis cultivation.
City officials estimated the measure could generate up to $4.95 million in revenue for Baldwin Park, which has a general fund of about $27.6 million, and create hundreds of jobs, according to a staff report.
“A lot of times, we’re just barely in the black,” said Councilman Ricardo Pacheco, referring to the city’s budget. “With this, I think we’ll be able to do a lot more.”
Under the ordinance, cultivation and manufacturing facilities would not exceed 22,000 square feet and could not be located within 600 feet of a school, day care center or youth center or within 50 feet of a residential zone.
Additionally, all cultivation and manufacturing of