Despite many cities across the Central Valley – and Tulare County – opening their doors to marijuana operations, Visalia will not be one of them.
The Visalia City Council found itself split during a work session regarding the interest in allowing cannabis-related businesses in the city.
City staff prepared a report for lawmakers to lay out the options that the city could move forward with regarding various cannabis operations.
But before the council could discuss which types of cannabis-related businesses to allow, staff presented a key question: Do you wish to allow cannabis-related businesses within Visalia?
That drew a split 2-2 vote as the council was down to four members following last week’s passing of Vice Mayor Phil Cox.
Without a majority of the councilmembers wanting to consider cannabis-related businesses, the work session wrapped up and any hopes of marijuana dispensaries opening up in Visalia in the near future died.
Mayor Steve Nelsen refused to be swayed by surrounding communities – such as Farmersville, Tulare and Woodlake – that have issued licenses for cannabis dispensaries.
He said he understands that some people may have a medical need for cannabis, but he would not support any type of dispensary in Visalia.