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City Council upholds plan for cannabis on Motel Drive

The Merced City Council — with a majority of leaders who have voiced support for expanded cannabis ventures in town — has denied an appeal to stop a commercial cannabis business from obtaining a permit for a new retail store on Motel Drive. The vote at Monday night’s meeting was 5-1, with Councilman Shane voting to uphold the appeal. Councilman…

City Council votes to grow more sites for cannabis retail

When Merced started approving merit-based cannabis retail permits in 2018, they only allowed for four dispensaries, in certain commercial zones, with no on-site consumption. The mentality, apparently, was to start out slow and see how the local market and residents reacted. Well, now city leaders are signaling they are ready to take the local…

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