The Thousand Oaks City Council has voted to let a second cannabis dispensary in the city—before the very first has opened its doors.
In a five- vote Tuesday, the council agreed to contemplate a new internet site for the only existing permit holder—Legendary Organics—and to enter into a second agreement with Leaf Dispensary, which was runner-up in final year’s application evaluation course of action.
Councilmember Ed Jones produced the motion to let for a second dispensary, reasoning that a alter in state law enabling for delivery produced obsolete an argument that two dispensaries would make cannabis as well readily obtainable in the city.
“If one particular of the causes a year ago (to limit the quantity of dispensaries to one particular) was to not make it as well widespread in Thousand Oaks, because we can’t realize that any longer with instant delivery just by phoning, I feel as a matter of fairness we ought to make (permits) obtainable to each Legendary and Leaf,” Jones stated.
The query came up for the duration of the council’s Sept. 10 meeting, in which employees gave a common update on cannabis concerns. Of concern was that the but-to-open Legendary had on Aug. 26 asked to be permitted to alter its place. A single cause the enterprise had been granted the only permit presently permitted by city ordinance was due to its remote internet site on Conejo Center Drive. The new place is blocks away at 1339 Lawrence Drive, Legendary representatives told the council.
In its original application, Legendary told the city it anticipated to be capable to open its doors by the finish of 2018.
The council, which had previously voiced aggravation with the group’s inability to open in a timely style, did not move to punish Legendary in any way, as an alternative enabling the firm to submit a second internet site for consideration along with Leaf, which currently has a internet site secured on Willow Lane.
Legendary’s causes for requesting the move are twofold, its representatives stated.
Initially, the original place was not compatible with operating a brick-and-mortar retailer along with delivery operations, lawyer Chuck Cohen stated. The second had to do with placing Legendary’s would-be company neighbors at threat, stated Patrick Spillane, who owns the enterprise with his brother, Sean Cassar.
“Our authorized place is a popular-interest industrial subdivision. Our authorized place was a free of charge-standing creating inside that project,” Spillane stated. “We, as a company owner, could not conduct federally illegal Schedule 1 activities in the popular regions of the project that was co-owned by 23 other people.”
Carrying out so would topic the co-owners to considerable legal and banking dangers, he went on to say.
Whilst she went on to vote in favor of getting into into a second agreement with Legendary Organics, Councilmember Claudia Bill-de la Peña had some pointed concerns for the enterprise.
“Tonight we hear the identical line: ‘We will be open by the finish of the year.’ We heard that 14 months ago,” Bill-de la Peña stated. “What would assistance us definitely think that that is the case, that you are in fact capable to do what you are saying you are going to be performing?”
“We’re trustworthy, for one particular point,” Cohen replied.
The council also voted unanimously to make a handful of other alterations to the city’s cannabis ordinances. It will no longer demand individuals to make appointments with dispensaries at least 24 hours in advance. The operating hours have been extended, and dispensaries in the city will be permitted to make deliveries in city limits. The council did not pick out to let dispensaries to sell marijuana for recreational use, so they will be healthcare only.