Marijuana dispensaries — if allowed in Manteca — should be restricted to industrial zones, be in non-descript buildings with minimal signage, and located as far away as possible from childcare facilities, youth centers, schools, parks, and religious buildings.

That was the general consensus of the Manteca Planning Commission Thursday when they conducted a workshop regarding a city ordinance being drafted to make retail storefront sales legal in Manteca possibly as early as next year.

The majority of the commission stated their personal dislike for the idea of marijuana dispensaries being allowed in Manteca in sharp contrast to the direction the City Council appears to be leaning.

That echoed the sentiments of 10 speakers who were against retail sales for a variety of reasons. Several speakers — plus two commissioners — shared how marijuana use led them into more serious drug use. No one from the public at Thursday’s meeting were in favor of legal pot sales in Manteca except for a lawyer representing dispensary owners in nearby cities.

The public opposition at the meeting is also in sharp contrast with what had been voiced during a series of community workshops on the subject.

They could foreshadow pressure at the Nov. 18

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