By Deb Murphy
After four hours of discussion, three things stood out as the Inyo Board of Supervisors thrashed through the latest iteration of the county’s commercial cannabis ordinance.
According to the consultant from Hinderliter de Llamas and Associates, the California marijuana market may be oversubscribed with more cannabis license seekers than cannabis users. The only retail shops may be located in the Bishop or the far reaches of south county unless a microbusiness combines retail with some other cannabis operation. Sixth-two percent of the folks in Olancha/Cartago really, really don’t want anything to do with pot.
Following a series of local workshops, the county’s work group made a few adjustments in the original ordinance introduced last month.
After the public comment period and Supervisors’ discussion at Tuesday’s meeting, more fine tuning ended up with commercial operations banned in rural residential zoning on lots smaller than 12 acres, whittled down by a 300-foot buffer zone. The one exception was made in the Stewart Valley/Charleston View area with a whole lot of 2.5-acre parcels and an enthusiastic grower community.