SALINAS - MARIJUANA IN THE CITY
"Salinas has almost no significant Marijuana related crime to report of late, which is most probably due to City Hall and the Police force pro-cannabis actions and policies."
In this article we talk about some interesting facts about the city with a focus on the main issue, Marijuana.
We address the important and frequently asked questions about MMJ:
- Where can I buy good legal weed in town?
- How can I become a legal Medical Marijuana patient?
- Where can I find a Cannabis collective in town?
- How can I get a 420 Medical Marijuana Doctor evaluation?
- Is there a nearby place I can get a Cannabis ID card?
- Can I get Marijuana delivered to my home?
- Where is a nearby dispensary with lab tested Marijuana?
- Can I grow weed at home?
- What are the latest laws concerning permits and ordinances?
- How can I get a Doctor's recommendation and growers permit?
- Where can I find a good Medical Marijuana lawyer in the city?
With a population of about 160.000, Salinas ranks as the 34th largest city in California. Today, Salinas housing is largely composed of single family dwellings and modest apartments. The city serves as an industrial and government center for the surrounding areas. Salinas is well known for its robust and vibrant agricultural industry.
Salinas earned the nickname, "America's Salad Bowl", because the majority of salad greens consumed in the U.S. are grown in the surrounding valley. Major crops include strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, and spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, wine grapes, and celery. The city itself was named after the Spanish term - salinas which means "salt marsh".
Did you know? Salinas is hometown to Nobel Prize in Literature winner John Steinbeck.
The Salinas lands were thought to be first populated more than two thousand years ago by a native group known as the Rumsen people. About three hundred years ago, the Spanish self-proclaimed the territory to be the land of the King. They established missions and Rancho's throughout SoCal. Lands were mostly used for cattle and grazing. Cattle hide production and trading was an important early industry.
When California became a state, it was the perfect storm for growth and development. The government was negligible and encouraged, rather than discouraged growth. The gold rush would bring in $10 billion (in today's dollars) in gold; to an economy that had 350,000 people. The Americans won the war with Mexico, opening up the state to rich east coast Anglo investors.
It was the wild west and it was free. Still, without pocket money and hard work, people were in for a tough life. On the contrary, if you had a little coin, had a brain and worked hard your chances of great success were nearly 100%. As the Spanish lands came up for grabs, cheap, there was an infrastructure from which to build, immediately.
Salinas opened its first post office in 1854 and a hotel nearby to service a stagecoach route. From that basic core, a settlement caught on. The city was incorporated in 1874. In the 1880's, Salinas was into "dry farming", of wheat, barley, grains, potatoes and mustard seed. Chinese laborers drained the many square miles of swampland to create productive farmland.
Did you know?
At one time, Salinas Chinatown was second in size only to San Francisco. Due entirely due to Salinas booming agriculture business, in the 1920's, Salinas residents had the highest per capita income of any city in the United States.
World War II unfortunately brought a detention camp to town housing 3600 Japanese-American detainees. It an act of perhaps the ultimate insanity, the lands that had made the citizens among the richest on the planet were converted into housing projects by land developers.
Today the economy is still based on agriculture with a significant presence of public sector employers.
- D'Arrigo Brothers
- Dole Fresh Vegetables
- Hilltown Packing
- Mann Packing
- Monterey County Social Services Department
- Monterey County Office of Education
- Natividad Medical Center
- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare
- Taylor Farms
Salinas City Official Website
The latest Marijuana Ordinances - Permits - Meetings - News
HOT! The Salinas City Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously recommended approving an ordinance that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries, growing operations, distribution systems and pot product manufacturing in the city. - 2016
Following a two-hour hearing, the commission made it more liberal in terms of the number of permits that the city can issue in the first year the ordinance is in force. The ordinance was blessed by a City Council sub-committee on the subject as well as the city's police and legal advisors.
SALINAS MMJ WIZARD City hall custom search for Marijuana
"We want to be regulated. We don't want to be getting arrested for growing plants." - concerned citizen
The city attorney was quick to point out this doesn't mean permits will be issued right away or even in a month and that there is still a lot of work to do. According to the ordinance, the city will allow three permits in each of the following categories: Dispensaries, cultivation, manufacturing and delivery.
City Attorney Medical Marijuana Moratorium Extension - 2016
On October 27, 2015, the Salinas City Council extended for an additional twenty-two months and fifteen days the moratorium on medical marijuana edible manufacturing and/or dispensing and on the cultivation of medical marijuana within the city.
ORDINANCE ALLOWING THE ESTABLISHMENT, OPERATION AND REGULATIONS OF COMMERCIAL CANNABIS BUSINESSES FOR THE DISPENSING, DISTRIBUTION, CULTIVATION, AND MANUFACTURING OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA PRODUCTS - 2015
This ordinance allows for a limited number of “commercial cannabis businesses” to open and to operate within the city of Salinas, to include the dispensing, distribution, manufacturing, and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes in accordance with State law. This ordinance does not allow for the recreational use of marijuana.
Salinas now has a set of guidelines for the medical marijuana business.
At their Tuesday meeting, Salinas City Council members voted 5-1 on a resolution to accept the application guidelines for the sales and cultivation of medical marijuana in the city. The guidelines include the fees associated with applications and permits. Mayor Joe Gunter also approved the guidelines.
On the same night, Salinas and Del Rey Oaks bucked a statewide trend and passed ordinances allowing medical marijuana cultivation and delivery in their cities.
Cities throughout California have raced to get municipal codes on the books before a March 1 deadline to retain control of marijuana dispensaries, cultivation and delivery. Most cities have voted for bans.
The Salinas ordinance will enable up to 12 cannabis operations to do business in the county’s largest city. It includes the dispensing, distribution, manufacturing and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes in accordance with state law, paving the way for more businesses like the edible marijuana manufacturing and wholesale distribution facility already established within its borders.
Marijuana Legal Issues
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Marijuana Products And Services
Dispensaries, Delivery Services, Cannabis Clubs,Clinics, Doctors, 420 Evaluations in the city.
- 12 month Letter of Grower`s Recommendation from a licensed physician.
- 24/7 Online verification of your legal status.
- Medical Marijuana ID CARD.
- Grower's Authorization to cultivate up to 99 plants / possess 8 oz. or more of MMJ.
City Cannabis News
Salinas city officials will begin the application period for commercial cannabis business permits on June 6. They'll host an information meeting from 3:30 to 5:00 pm the same day for those interested in learning more about the application process or guidelines. The meeting will take place at City Hall, 200 Lincoln Ave., Salinas.
Just a few months into its first year of business, Altai Brands placed third in the High Times World Cannabis Cup competition for its Sea Salt Caramel Bon Bons. That is high praise from the marijuana industry for a startup.
Cypress Manufacturing is a California nonprofit medical marijuana collective that offers a variety of high-end, low-dose, artisanal edibles that include bon bons, lozenges, chocolate bars and truffles.
“We’re very happy with how we’ve grown and elevated the business.” - Rob Weakley, co-founder and CEO of Cypress Manufacturing
The city attorney was quick to point out this doesn't mean permits will be issued right away or even in a month and that there is still a lot of work to do.
According to the ordinance, the city will allow three permits in each of the following categories: Dispensaries, cultivation, manufacturing and delivery.
“I think we need competition. I think it is healthy for the city to see three dispensaries putting forth their best plans. I strongly suggest we include that in your recommendation. As for hours of operation, I would ask that we include from 8am to 9pm and take out the weekend and holidays exclusion, the best time to get it is when people are off work.”
Malan aims to turn his real estate office here into the first medical marijuana dispensary on Santa Catalina Island, and he’s trying to make the idea attractive by promising to share a small portion of the revenue with local schools and city government.
“It’s going to create wheelbarrows of money,”
A petition drive he led gathered enough signatures to put an initiative on the ballot that would repeal a current ban on medical marijuana dispensaries and allow at least two facilities in the 3-square-mile resort community with a population of roughly 3,800.
Altai Brands, which manufactures a wide range of marijuana-infused candies and chocolates, opened up shop in a warehouse facility in Salinas.
“This is a manufacturing business that is going above and beyond to assure safety and security, as we’ve looked at this as a manufacturing business through an application process with the city of Salinas, they are operating legally, safely and above and beyond what’s been asked of them as a business.” - City Councilman
Police - Cannabis Files
Salinas has almost no significant Marijuana related crime to report, which is most probably due to City Hall and the Police force pro-cannabis actions and policies.