More marijuana growers than Starbucks stores? That could be Sacramento’s future

Someday soon, more businesses could grow marijuana in the city of Sacramento than there are Starbucks and McDonald’s restaurants combined.

More than 100 businesses are seeking special permits from the city to run indoor marijuana growing operations. From North Sacramento to South Land Park, and from downtown to the warehouse district near Power Inn Road, the flood of applications touches many corners of the city.

For now, the applications technically cover marijuana for medicinal purposes, and some companies are already growing pot for that purpose under previously approved guidelines. However, commercial production and the sale of recreational pot will be allowed in California beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and city officials expect many of the new businesses will seek to enter that business.

More applications are expected before the end of the year. The city could begin issuing permits for new indoor growing businesses within a few months.

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