The City Council on Dec. 18, ahead of final state regulations on cannabis being adopted, approved the special use and regulatory permits to allow Sticky Trees, a cannabis manufacturing company, to open the city’s first non-storefront retail facility at 2967 Davison Court.
Kodi Pine, who owns the company, plans to move his operation to Davison Court as soon as possible, and will be allowed to sell cannabis flower, edibles, wax, and oils online and then deliver them to customers, including Colusa County residents.
“It is already an existing operation in Sutter County, operating out of Meridian,” said City Manager Jesse Cain. “He’s actually got a customer base and needs to start right away.”
As per the terms of the development agreement, finalized earlier, the city will get a “production fee,” paid by the company in quarterly installments, in the amount of 3 percent of the gross sales.
While the City Council previously banned allowing any of its online cannabis manufacturing companies currently operating within city limits to deliver its products to local consumers, city officials believe the Bureau of Cannabis Control, which oversees California’s cannabis industry, will likely adopt the recently-released new cannabis regulations sometime in January that would prevent local jurisdictions from banning legal marijuana delivery on public roadways.
City officials said Sticky Trees would not be a marijuana dispensary where customers could walk in to buy legalized pot, but would instead be open online between the hours of 8 AM and 10 PM, seven days a week.
Upon receipt of customer orders, drivers would then deliver marijuana products from the retail facility in Colusa to the locations of the purchasers, utilizing two vehicles that will make an estimated 35 deliveries per day, officials said.
During the Jan. 18 public hearing, former Mayor John Rogers, who has fought against the City Council allowing cannabis companies to operate in Colusa since marijuana was legalized Jan. 1, said he can’t blame property owners for wanting to fill up their storefronts, but he can blame the City Council for promising the residents of the city of Colusa that there would be no retail distributorship of any kind.
“This is dial a drug, and they will come to your door and drop it off,” Rogers said. “This is a retail distributor.”
Rogers singled out Mayor Greg Ponciano, who specifically promised that he would not vote for a retail distributor.
Ponciano, however, said his stance has always been against a marijuana “dispensary” where people can walk in off the street and buy pot.
“This is not,” he said.
Rogers was not satisfied with the clarification.
“Retail is retail, whether it’s a storefront or mobile distributor,” he said. “So I can sit here at city council and pick up my phone and call and have a delivery made. I don’t even need a medical marijuana card anymore.”
Although Cain said the state prevents the city from prohibiting marijuana delivery, the final regulations will not go into effect until approved by the Office of Administrative Law, and therefore could undergo more changes.
Colusa County has come out against the regulations, claiming it violates Proposition 64, in which voters were promised local jurisdictions would have full control.
Although no one other than Rogers spoke at the Jan. 18 public hearing at City Hall, Colusa County Task Force officers and local educators have strongly objected to cannabis companies operating locally since the Jan. 1 legalization of marijuana in California.
At a “vaping” presentation at Pierce High School earlier this year, school administrators said there has been a sharp increase in students (including elementary aged children) bringing marijuana edibles or inhalants to school.
Although cannabis is legal to California residents 21 or older, Task Force officials say cannabis manufacturing companies throughout the state are purposely marketing to young people.
Among Sticky Trees’ lineup of smokable marijuana products are “Cookies N Cream, Grape Soda, Sour Knight, Pineapple Moonrocks, and Ghost Cookies.” Their cannabis-infused edibles and hard candy have names like “Jolly Rocker,” which comes in watermelon, sour apple, and other flavors made popular by Jolly Rancher®, as well as “Loop Fruits,” a pot-infused cereal, sour apple belts, and Rice Krispie.
Their Cannabis wax/oils that can be inhaled or used to infuse homemade goods have names like Jilly Bean, Master Yoda, Orange Sherbet, Spacewalker, Animal Cookies, Dosidos, Romulan Grapefruit, Skywaker, Space Candy, Zkittles, and Cocoa Krispies. ■