The student news site of California State University, Chico

The Orion

Chico bans recreational marijuana dispensaries, losing millions for city

City+council+member+being+greedy+Photo+credit%3A+Briana+Mcdaniel
City council member being greedy Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

City council member being greedy Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

City council member being greedy Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

Grayson Boyer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






In what can only be described as economic self-abuse, Chico City Council voted Sept.19 to prohibit recreational marijuana dispensaries within Chico, losing potential millions in tax revenue.

The City of Chico’s minutes for Sept. 19 shows that the City Council voted to ban recreational marijuana dispensaries and public smoking of marijuana, yet did not ban the recreational use or personal indoor growth.

It may shock city council to find out that banning marijuana dispensaries will not prevent anyone from getting marijuana, instead, it prevents the city from cashing in on a massively lucrative industry. It’s a truly mind-boggling move by the conservative-led city council, especially considering conservative politics usually espouse a hands-off approach to economics.

Instead, Mayor Sean Morgan, Vice Mayor Reanette Filmer, and City Council Members Andrew Coolidge and Mark Sorensen all voted to throttle the life out of what could have been a multi-million-dollar business in Chico.

Not only would recreational marijuana have been a massive economic boom to the city, it would have brought in millions in taxes. Fortune reports that the City of Coalinga anticipates gaining about $3 million in marijuana tax revenue, and the City of Gonzales could bring in $1.6 million.

Coalinga and Gonzales have a population of around 13,000 and 8,400 people respectively. The U.S. Census estimates Chico has a population of 91,567. Even with an extremely conservative estimate, Chico, a liberal college city with tons of weed-smoking liberals and college students, would have likely brought in tens of millions of dollars in taxes.

That’s tens of millions of dollars that could be used to help solve Chico’s homeless problem, fund education, help prevent drug and alcohol abuse or revitalize city infrastructure. At the very least, it’s tens of millions of dollars that could have helped support lower taxes, breathing economic life into the community.

Conservatives usually love lowering taxes, but for whatever reason, Mayor Morgan and the rest of the conservative City Council decided to pass that opportunity by and shoot themselves in the foot.

Recreational marijuana is going nowhere, it’s easier to get pot in Chico than it is to register to vote. There was no reason for this, other than some misguided, moralistic and preachy attempt at keeping Chico stuck in the past.

Fiscally conservative principles focus on freeing businesses from bans and regulations so they can be competitive and thrive. So, Mayor Morgan and the city council members that voted to ban recreational marijuana dispensaries have a question to answer: What exactly are your principles?

Grayson Boyer can be reached at the [email protected] or @gray_boyer on Twitter.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Blogs

    Letters To: Transfer Students

  • Chico bans recreational marijuana dispensaries, losing millions for city

    Blogs

    Embracing who you are

  • Chico bans recreational marijuana dispensaries, losing millions for city

    Blogs

    So, what’s the deal with sex on drugs?

  • Chico bans recreational marijuana dispensaries, losing millions for city

    Blogs

    Letters to: My college professor

  • Chico bans recreational marijuana dispensaries, losing millions for city

    Blogs

    Four steps to being drunk in class

  • Chico bans recreational marijuana dispensaries, losing millions for city

    Blogs

    Chico State’s mental health problems are being ignored

  • Chico bans recreational marijuana dispensaries, losing millions for city

    Blogs

    Judicial affairs preys on students ignorance

  • Chico bans recreational marijuana dispensaries, losing millions for city

    Blogs

    Advice Column: Ways to save money

  • Chico bans recreational marijuana dispensaries, losing millions for city

    Blogs

    Off The Record | Episode 6 | Getting better grades, parking meters and Betsy DeVos

  • Chico bans recreational marijuana dispensaries, losing millions for city

    Blogs

    How Betsy DeVos fooled us all

The student news site of California State University, Chico
Chico bans recreational marijuana dispensaries, losing millions for city