Mountain View officials are trying to gauge public reaction to marijuana being allowed in town. Starting this month, the city is launching a community discussion and survey to gather public opinion on loosening local rules on recreational pot sales.
In 2016, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 64, opening the floodgates for recreational marijuana to be sold in the state. But while pot is legal, Mountain View and many other cities have held off on allowing retailers to open up shops within their borders.
Last month, city officials decided to allow commercial marijuana deliveries to be made to Mountain View, although they held back on sanctioning pot sellers to establish themselves within the city. These rules will be revisited later this year in order to provide time to study land-use rules and gather public input. City officials are also considering a potential ballot measure to tax marijuana sales that would go on the November ballot.
The city is planning to discuss these cannabis regulations at a community outreach meeting, scheduled for 6-7 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Council Chambers at 500 Castro St. The city is also launching a community survey, which can be found at the city's website.