Gustine council finalizes cannabis ordinances

The Gustine City Council last week finalized two ordinance changes and a development agreement which allow a proposed cannabis micro-business project to move forward.

Council members voted 4-0, with Mayor Pro Tem Joe Oliveira abstaining, to approve those items.

The ordinance amendments change city code to allow cannabis-related businesses in Gustine and amend zoning to allow such enterprises in commercial zones.

The development agreement sets forth terms and conditions for Tip Top Farms, the project applicant.

Tip Top Farms plans to develop a cannabis cultivation, distribution and dispensary operation in a 5,000 square foot building at 377 Fourth St. (Highway 33/140).

The final adoptions of those three items were agendized as consent calendar items and drew little council discussion.

One speaker stepped forward from the audience to voice opposition.

Christian Braley noted that the city had received correspondence from an individual offering to share his expertise to develop a comprehensive economic development plan for the city - but only if Gustine abandoned consideration of allowing commercial cannabis.

Braley, who asked that the council table the matter, contended that there is significant community opposition to the cannabis micro-business.

Few public comments on the matter were voiced when the proposal went before the Planning Commission and City Council, but previous town hall events brought extensive debate and numerous comments both in support and opposition to Gustine allowing commercial

cannabis activities.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures and rainfall for the past week. Readings for the previous 24-hour period are recorded at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, Sept. 16: 95/59, with a trace of rain

Tuesday, Sept. 17: 90/52, with sprinkles

Wednesday, Sept. 18: 88/55

Thursday, Sept. 19: 83/53

Friday, Sept. 20: 89/54

Saturday, Sept. 21: 91/56

Sunday, Sept. 22: 98/55