City of Upland Citizen-Backed Initiative
The California Cannabis Coalition is spearheading the citizen-backed initiative that will go before Upland voters on November 8th, 2016.
The City of Upland is a bedroom community of over 75,000 people located approximately 40 miles East of Los Angeles. Like many cities in California following the recession, Upland has struggled with its finances and a resulting degradation of infrastructure and cancellation of many city services previously provided to its citizens.
For years, the City of Upland has been under siege from unregulated, unlicensed, and illegal dispensaries. Attempting to grapple with these dispensaries, the City of Upland spent over $600,000 in attorney fees, and millions of dollars in code enforcement and law enforcement efforts to close these stores down.
Approached to help craft a better solution to this intractable problem, the California Cannabis Coalition conducted a city-wide poll and outreach effort. CCC then helped Upland citizens write a zoning ordinance that would force dispensaries to locate in the western industrial edge of the city , while simultaneously providing significant revenue to the City of Upland to enforce the ordinance and keep dispensaries away from their schools, parks, and homes.
This citizen backed initiative will be on the ballot November 8, 2016.