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Novato to reconsider cannabis business restrictions

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Following a backlash over its decision to approve a cannabis delivery business near homes and a school, Novato plans to consider more restrictions on where such businesses can operate.

The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to plan a discussion on whether the businesses should be allowed in areas zoned for business and commercial spaces and to create setbacks from residential areas. The discussion could prompt more changes to the city’s 2019 cannabis business ordinance for other types of enterprises, such as testing labs, and comes before the city considers the next round of cannabis business applicants later this year.

“If we do choose to take this action, it would be good to take it now so that way new applicants know sort of the landscape this fall,” City Manager Adam McGill told the council before the vote.

Councilwoman Susan Wernick raised the idea after an outcry by San Marin residents over the council’s decision in January to…

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