City of Vallejo staff recommends denying appeal to halt mega-dispensary – Vallejo Times-Herald

The City of Vallejo has recommended denying an appeal to a planning commission decision to OK a “mega-dispensary” for cannabis sales, manufacturing and distribution.

According to the city staff report given to the council from the office of Interim Planning and Development Services Director Christina Ratcliffe, the city is recommending denying the appeal, which will be a central topic at Tuesday night’s Vallejo City Council meeting.

Cannabis retailer V-Town Farms is seeking to open a 17,000-square-foot operation— the largest of its kind in California — in the old Food 4 Less building on Sonoma Boulevard. Rival local business California Collective Care (CCC) filed its appeal in March to halt the plan, citing community safety, the need for an environmental review, and unfair competition.

Ratcliffe highlighted several points in her argument: The new site is consistent with the General Plan and municipal codes, it will boost reinvestment in the largely blighted Meadows Plaza, and it will provide economic benefit to the city.

The strongest argument that CCC has made is that V-Town Farms will squash its competition, the 10 other dispensaries in town. V-Town Farms will not be an additional site but has taken over an existing cannabis license, much like when

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