HAYWARD — The town may require half of any future hashish companies to be minority-owned as a part of an overhaul of how the business operates in Hayward.
Different adjustments may embrace rushing up the method to safe a allow for folks of colour who apply to open a hashish enterprise, in addition to permitting these arrested or convicted of possessing hashish to efficiently apply.
The thought is to compensate for blacks and Latinos being disproportionately affected by way of arrests and incarceration when hashish was unlawful, based on Jeremy Lochirco, Hayward’s principal planner.
“We’re ensuring that marginalized communities aren’t, in actual fact, barred from entry into the Hayward scene,” Lochirco advised the Metropolis Council earlier this month, when it held a session on the native hashish business and heard ideas for streamlining how the companies are licensed and authorised.
The council took no motion, nonetheless.
Metropolis officers are anticipated to return again to the council with formal suggestions within the spring, Lochirco mentioned.
“I assume I’m open to that,” Councilman Al Mendall mentioned about what Lochirco known as “social fairness” for enhancing minority alternatives in the course of the Dec. 8 assembly, Mendall’s second-to-last council assembly. Mendall determined to not search re-election in November.
“Nevertheless it’s including one other layer, and I’m actually reluctant so as to add extra layers of complexity (to metropolis forms),” he mentioned.
However Councilman Mark Salinas questioned whether or not giving precedence to some folks making use of was one of the best ways to handle previous injustices.
The town ought to focus as a substitute, Salinas mentioned, on investing in neighborhoods which have been traditionally uncared for.
Councilman Francisco Zermeno mentioned Hayward ought to proceed its cap of getting three hashish dispensaries allowed to function at anybody time within the metropolis — and that are restricted below zoning to largely downtown — a restrict that Mendall additionally mentioned he supported.
“I need to make sure that we preserve a rigorous approval course of,” Zermeno mentioned. “I believe that’s vital.”
Metropolis officers are recommending that new hashish functions be reviewed solely twice a yr, as a substitute of the present strategy of at any time when they’re made, to cut back workers time required.
The town can also be methods to enhance coordination amongst metropolis departments over hashish enterprise functions and their code compliance, and for native rules to carefully mirror state regulation as a strategy to eradicate any pointless crimson tape.
Hashish for medical use has been authorized for medical use in California since 1996 and for leisure use since late 2016. Hayward’s hashish program has been operational for the previous three years.