Fullerton council approves marijuana businesses; shops could start opening late next year

Recreational marijuana shops and other cannabis businesses can open in Fullerton after months of debate on whether the city should license and tax shops to undermine an existing black market.

The city’s new law, passed 3-2 during a council meeting Nov. 17, reverses the city’s ban on marijuana-related businesses, now allowing recreational cannabis shops, manufacturers, distributors and indoor cultivators – up to five of each type – and an unlimited number of testing labs, which check marijuana products for potency levels and contaminants.

Marijuana businesses will not be allowed to open within 800 feet of parks, schools and youth centers; some of the larger eligible zones include certain commercial strips and industrial areas in the city’s west and southeast.

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