Two cannabis use permits come before Planning Board next Monday

Two cannabis use permits come before Planning Board next Monday

At its Monday, June 22, meeting the Planning Borad will consider applications for use permits, one on Park Street, the other on Webster. 

Aaron Kraw has applied for the Park Street Permit on behalf of Park Social, LLC. The permint would allow the operation of a cannabis retail dispensary with off-site delivery within the existing commercial building at 1222 Park Street, south of San Antonio Avenue. 

John Ngu is working on behalf of Alameda Patients Group to open a dispensary at 1616 Webster, norh of Lincoln Avenue.

In 2017, the City Council adopted two separate ordinances, permitting commercial cannabis activity within the city. 

The first ordinance cestablished Cannabis Business Regulations for commercial cannabis activity in the City.  The Cannabis Business Regulations require that every commercial cannabis business obtain a Cannabis Business Operator’s Permt and capped the number of retail cannabis dispensaries to just two in the City.  

The second ordinance modified the Zoning Ordinance to allow commercial cannabis activity in certain zoning districts, and required all commercial cannabis businesses obtain a use permit.

In March 2019, the Planning Board approved the first use permit for a cannabis retail dispensary at 1528 Webster Street, which began operations in February of 2020. 

Two months later, the City Council adopted an ordinance that increased the maximum number of cannabis retail dispensaries in the City from two to four, with no more than two dispensaries allowed on either side of Grand Street.

The Planning Board conventes next Monday at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.