Coalinga to consider marijuana grow at former prison

COALINGA — A small city in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley is considering a proposal to allow a marijuana cultivation operation at a former prison.

The Fresno Bee reports ( ) that the Coalinga City Council on Wednesday directed staff to prepare an official ordinance to allow commercial medical marijuana cultivation at Claremont Custody Center. The city will also draft a ballot measure that would allow voters to decide whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

Ocean Grown Extracts is trying to lease the city’s abandoned prison for a cannabis oil manufacturing plant.

The small city has been embroiled in conflict about medical marijuana businesses for months. In January the City Council voted to allow dispensaries, cultivation and deliveries, but in February backed off after public outcry.

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