In order to give the public an opportunity to participate in the cannabis discussions taking place the same night, a Neighborhood/Town Hall meeting scheduled for Sept. 19 at Chenoweth School has been cancelled.

The top four dispensary applications are scheduled for public hearings before the Planning Commission at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 and Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center (City Hall), 678 W. 18th St.

The City received 22 complete applications for retail cannabis dispensaries and only four can be approved under the City’s ordinance. The applications undergo a thorough examination and all proposed business owners are subject to a detailed police background check.

The dispensary applications are Blue Fire, 1975 W. Olive Ave., Green Door, 811 W. Main St., Manzanita, 1594 W. 18thSt., and Harvest of Merced, 863 W. 15th St.

The Planning Commission has already approved 10 cannabis business permits for manufacturing, cultivation and distribution operations.

The Neighborhood/Town Hall meeting will be rescheduled, and other town halls are being scheduled throughout the City. Staff will give presentations on a variety of issues including housing, economic development, the Downtown, roads and public works updates. The public will be asked to provide input on future projects in Merced, including those with Measure V transportation funding.