WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville Planning Commission unanimously recommended Tuesday that the city council allow medical marijuana facilities to also sell their product for recreational use.
In January 2016, the Watsonville City Council allowed medical marijuana to be cultivated within the city. It later allowed the manufacturing of it.
California voters passed Proposition 64 with 57 percent of the vote in the 2016 election. It allowed personal users to grow marijuana on Nov. 9, 2016, and will allow the sale and taxation of recreational marijuana beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
Nearly a year ago, the Watsonville City Council banned the sale and manufacturing of recreational marijuana in the city, citing a need for more time to come up with regulations.
Community Development Director Suzi Merriam said allowing the city’s existing medical marijuana facilities to also produce and sell for recreational use will allow them to be competitive in the region, as Santa Cruz and Salinas are moving forward with similar ordinances.
Watsonville will also benefit from tax revenue, she added, since voters in 2016 approved two measures that tax marijuana businesses.