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Cal City to reconsider three pot firm permits

CALIFORNIA CITY — The City Council on Tuesday will consider appeals of three companies whose city permits for marijuana delivery businesses were revoked and not renewed by a Council decision in April.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be streamed live online from the city’s Web site, under the “video feed” tab. Instructions for commenting electronically are on the city Web site homepage.

Residents may also use a conference call-in, by calling 800-719-7545, conference code 114803.

At the behest of Mayor Pro Tem Donald Parris, the Council in April considered a number of permits for marijuana delivery businesses that had not yet started business, supposedly a year after having been awarded their permits. Because they had not met that timeline, and because there already were two such businesses operating and two more about to start, Parris proposed capping the number of such businesses at that point.

“That pretty well says the state of our cannabis industry,” he said at the time.

The Council voted 3-2 to do so at that time, with Mayor Chuck McGuire and Councilmember Nick Lessenevitch dissenting.

Parris and others argued that if the businesses had not yet met their obligations under the permit to be in operation a year later, the city should not allow them to continue.

“They did not perform. They did not do what was required of them. It’s time to put a stop to it,” he said.

However, at least one company appealing the decision noted it did not receive its permit until August 2019, rather than April, meaning it still had time to perform. The company, Grandma’s Stash, has a conditional use permit ready for review, which has been delayed by the city twice since January, according to the appeal.

In the appeal notice from the city for Grandma’s Stash, it notes that the permit letter, signed by then-Interim City Manager Anna Linn, was issued n in error. According to the company’s appeal, the notice of June 3 was the first time they had been notified that the permit was issued in error. The appeal noted the extensive communication with city staff between August 2019 and April 2020, in which this fact was not mentioned.

A similar mention of a letter issued in error is on the notification of appeal for MACC Consulting, Inc.

No mention of a letter is made in the notification of appeal for Cal City Natural Delivery, Inc.

Each appeal will be considered separately.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Allison Gatlin on Antelope Valley Press
Published: June 22, 2020
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