What Should Davis Do about Commercial Cannabis?

Last fall Davis voters approved Prop. 64 with over 70 percent of the vote. The measure allows for California residents over the age of 21 to legally possess up to an ounce of cannabis. However, it allows for jurisdictions to regulate or prohibit commercial cannabis businesses, regulate or prohibit outdoor marijuana cultivation, and regulate indoor cannabis cultivation.
The issue of commercial cannabis will come down to local city council ordinances.
We asked one of our speakers, Eric Gudz, for his assessment of the trajectory of the city’s commercial cannabis.
He explained that “the city staff and council have been incredibly thorough and deliberate with the cannabis policy process, and their support to regulate and implement sensible policies will be evident with the very likely establishment of licensing and permitting for most commercial business types by the end of 2017.”
He added, “I remain very optimistic that the council and staff have everything they need to reach their goals of establishing cannabis businesses in Davis by 2018, and these policies will not only provide much needed revenue for the city, but will also be dealing a big victory to criminal and social justice reform in one swift motion.”
Join the discussion tonight at 6 pm at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen (129 E St., Davis).
The Davis Vanguard will host its first monthly mixer, in which the issue of the future of commercial cannabis will be discussed from several different perspectives.
Eric Gudz, Chair, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Michelle Hines, Michelle Hines, pediatric resident representing the American Academy of Pediatrics
Sukh Sidhu, Silk Road, a vertically integrated ag company centered on innovation
Event will be held at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St., Davis
No charge for the event but suggested donation of $15 to $50
A percentage of the proceeds from food and drinks will go to the Davis Vanguard

About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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  1. Mark Kropp

    I would tell my friends- fly to Jamaica, you won’t get into trouble.

    Now my friends are ok in Davis!

    Honestly though, i preached and preached to my friends who smoked tobacco…COPD, cancer and an early death!

    I am amazed no one brings this up when it comes to 420?

        1. John Hobbs


          I just made some of these Oatmeal raisin cookies and thought I’d share the recipe.
          (Great to take to the rest home for grandma.)
          1 large egg
          1/2 cup cannabutter
          1 1/2 cup raw sugar
          1 tbs vanilla extract
          2 tsp ground nutmeg
          2 tsp ground cinnamon
          1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
          1 1/2 cup rolled oats
          1/2(scant) tsp baking soda
          1 (scant) tsp sea salt
          1 1/4 cup raisins-optional
          3/4 cup chopped pecans-optional
          Preheat oven to 325° f
          cream together the egg, cannabutter, sugar and vanilla extract
          combine the spices, flour, baking soda and salt into the creamed mixture
          add the water, raisins, oats and pecans. Mix thoroughly.
          chill mixture in the refrigerator for 20 minutes
          spoon thumb sized balls of dough onto greased cookie sheet about 2″ apart
          bake on middle rack of preheated oven for 16-22 minutes, until tops are starting to brown.
          cool for at least three minutes before removing from cookie sheet to cooling rack.
          store in sealed container.
          makes 3-4 dozen.
          I use a lab tested butter, to get a good idea of the dosage.

          It is also easy to make your own, with recipes available on the web. Just google cannabutter.
          bon appetit!

    1. Tia Will

      Agree with David that this is a common topic of conversation during discussions on pros and cons of both medicinal and recreational cannabis. Two thoughts. The issue can be bypassed completely by using another means of delivery as David and now others have noted.

      Secondly, the concern about cancer while it should not be trivialized, usually does not include the recognition of the role of dose dependence. Even with regular tobacco use, at less than 1/2 pack per day, the risk of cancer related to inhalation decreases significantly, not of course in comparison to no smoking, but certainly in relationship to those who smoke a pack/day or more. Consumers of cannabis typically do not consume > than the equivalent of 1/2 pack per day of cigarettes.

      However, as a doctor, I remain concerned about what we do not know we do not know. In Dr. Hines presentation and in my subsequent conversation with her, it was clear that we really do not have adequate knowledge of the safety of cannabis in adolescents/children/ and of most interest to me, fetuses. This is knowledge that essentially cannot be optimally obtained because it would obviously be completely unethical to experiment on these groups. Therefore, any information has to be extrapolated from less definitive observational studies. Up until last month ( retirement) I counseled pregnant women, adolescents and younger against cannabis at all, not because of the known dangers, but because of the unknown. I remain a strong proponent of medical cannabis for the conditions in which it has been demonstrated effective for non pregnant adults.


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