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Merced City Council has busy week

Mike Conway

Post Date:02/29/2016

Medical marijuana Tuesday, Town Hall Thursday

The Merced City Council has a busy week ahead with three meetings scheduled.

Tuesday Council has a 5:30 p.m. study session in the Council Chambers to begin the review of the marijuana ordinances passed earlier this year. Thursday night at 6 p.m. is the last of a series of three Town Hall meetings that will be held in the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St.

Tonight they meet in closed session to conduct interviews with the City Attorney candidates.

The Council approved three ordinances banning medical marijuana dispensaries, deliveries and cultivation in reaction to three new state laws approved in September. The law on cultivation was set to go into effect March 1, and without any local ordinances in place the state law would have regulated growing within Merced. That law has since been rescinded.

There will be time set aside for the public to weigh in on the issues regarding dispensaries, deliveries and cultivation during the study session.  Council Chambers are located on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center (City Hall), 678 W. 18th St, (18th and N) Merced.

Council decided to add a third Town Hall meeting this year for Central Merced in addition to the ones in northern and southern Merced. The Town Halls are intended to discuss any city-related issues residents may have in an informal atmosphere.

Issues brought up during the previous two Town Halls have ranged from the need for more youth programs to problems with feral cats. Hmong and Spanish language translators are available.

City Council meetings, study sessions and Town Hall meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is Previous meetings can also be viewed at that link. The Council agenda is posted online at

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