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Fullerton will hire one part-time code enforcement officer to seek out and shut down illegal cannabis businesses in the city as part of a two-year pilot program.
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The program, which the City Council approved unanimously April 6, will cost $72,193 over two years and aims to curb illicit cannabis establishments that are posing a safety threat to the community, according to a staff report.
The council repealed an ordinance allowing cannabis storefronts at an early March meeting after pressure from residents. Some speakers voiced fears about marijuana being near their children and illegal dispensaries popping up around the city during that meeting. The council took action to address these concerns at its April 6 meeting, agreeing