STOCKTON — Just weeks after the Stockton City Council approved the sale of commercial cannabis at existing stores, the city is now seeking public input on other areas of the cannabis industry.

The city of Stockton’s Community Development Department will host three community meetings next week to discuss growing, manufacturing and distribution, among other aspects of commercial cannabis.

The meetings are part of the city’s efforts to update its cannabis policy.

“Since the approval of legalized marijuana in 2016 by California voters, we continue to discuss what these changes mean to Stockton,” Community Development Director David Kwong said in a news release this week. “We want to hear from the community about what makes sense locally and how City policies can reflect those needs.”

The first meeting, to be held Wednesday, will focus on cultivation and distribution concerns or requirements within city limits.

Under the city’s marijuana ordinance, only four cultivation businesses are allowed in Stockton, and they are allowed only in industrial areas.

Ariana Ayala, a planning manager with the Community Development Department, said the discussion will center on whether to expand the cultivation in the city and what the concerns might be about doing so.

“Distribution is not allowed in the city, so we’re also going to take a look at bringing in this other business type,” she said. “We’ll also look at the kinds of things we should be aware of before making the decision to bring distributors into the city.”

Wednesday’s meeting will be held at the Maya Angelou Library Community Room, 2324 Pock Lane, at 3 p.m.

The following day, a community meeting focusing on limiting the number of manufacturers in the city, as well as the number of dispensaries and deliveries, will be held.

Manufacturing and delivery are also not allowed in the city, and Ayala said the discussion Thursday will focus on whether or not to allow those business types into Stockton, as well as to place restrictions on them.

“For the delivery aspect of things, it really comes down to a public safety concern for us,” Ayala said. “So the discussion will be ‘What should we allow?’ Do we allow storefronts and dispensaries to deliver, allow a non-storefront business to do it, or do we continue as is?”

With the council’s approval of allowing commercial cannabis for sale, the number of dispensaries in Stockton was increased from four to five. Ayala said discussion will also focus on whether to further increase the number of dispensaries allowed, or to keep the limit to five.

The meeting will be held at the Stribley Community Center Meeting Room, 1760 E. Sonora St., at 3 p.m.

The week’s final meeting will be on Friday, and focus on creating an equity program and reducing racial disparities.

At a community meeting held in July at the Weston Ranch Library focusing on the pros and cons of commercial cannabis, many in attendance urged the city to make sure minorities are allowed to operate dispensaries in the city, saying many are operated by white owners.

Friday’s meeting will be held at San Joaquin Delta College’s South Forum Meeting Room, 5151 Pacific Ave., at 10 a.m.

Following the community meetings, information gathered will be presented to the Stockton Planning Commission at its Nov. 15 meeting at 425 N. El Dorado St., Second Floor, in Stockton.

For more information about the meetings or the city’s cannabis policy, go to stocktonca.gov/cannabis or call (209) 937-8270.

Contact reporter Wes Bowers at (209) 546-8258, or wbowers@recordnet.com. Follow him on Twitter @WesBo26.