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Anaheim City Council Rejects Legalizing Cannabis Shops, Debates Revenue and Timing

Illegal cannabis shops in West Anaheim often pop up, get shut down

Anaheim City Council members have turned down allowing cannabis shops to open in the city.

At last week’s public council meeting, many residents argued that cannabis sales could create a much needed new revenue stream to fill an expected $75 million budget shortfall stemming from the novel coronavirus. 

Questions were also raised about the timing of the initiative as well as what interests would benefit.

During a three-hour, tense cannabis debate during last Tuesday’s council meeting, Councilwoman Denise Barnes, who opposed cannabis shops, said people like Chamber of Commerce President Todd Ament would benefit from the shops. 

“There will be people who benefit from this, let’s not kid ourselves,” Barnes said. “I really feel it would be best for Mr. Ament to come forward in this discussion.” 

Ament was not present at the meeting and did not respond to requests for comment. 

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