If there was any doubt that Sacramento was square in the path of California’s “green rush,” a recent tally showing the city could end up with more marijuana growing operations than it has Starbucks and McDonald’s restaurants should serve as a wake-up call.
More than 100 companies have applied to open grow rooms, The Bee’s Ryan Lillis reported last week, and most are for industrial sites in already troubled, low-income neighborhoods in North Sacramento and off Power Inn Road.
Understandably, some residents are upset. But with more applications arriving every week and a deadline of Jan. 1, when the commercial production and sale of recreational weed become legal statewide, the city is likely to start issuing cultivation permits in the coming weeks.
That makes what happens over the next five months all the more important for Sacramento.