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The following articles were printed by Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] – Volume 22, Issue 21
Guadalupe is working to set the criteria for applying for a commercial cannabis permit
By Kasey Bubnash
Guadalupe is working to flesh out the intricacies of its recently passed cannabis regulation, and while this process could take a little longer than originally expected, potential business owners could apply for a cannabis business license before the end of the summer.
On May 25, Guadalupe City Council passed an ordinance allowing commercial cannabis companies. Unlike other municipal cannabis regulations on the Central Coast, which listed the number of retail cannabis permits allowed and the criteria for approval approval, the Guadalupe barebones regulation was pushed through the approval process quickly to avoid city officials from getting one costly and unnecessary California environment would have Quality Act Review Process (CEQA).
Now Guadalupe is going back into regulation to set out various application processes, including the criteria used to screen applicants and issue commercial cannabis business permits, fees charged for processing applications, and the number and type of Cannabis companies that do this will be allowed to operate in town.
Though city officials expected to see resolutions setting such guidelines before the city council at its July 27 meeting, city administrator Todd Bodem said it will likely take a little longer to get full approval.
“The community here is very tight, and the council, they all live here, and they want to make sure they are working with iron, really solid companies,” said Bodem.
At a July 13 meeting, Guadalupe City Council discussed a proposed process that would create a three-step process for applying for a cannabis business license. In phase 1, according to a city personnel report, the city would decide whether a potential applicant is even eligible to apply. Phase 2 would rank applicants based on criteria such as proposed location, business plan, equity and diversity considerations, safety and security, compatibility of the applicant with neighbors, and potential community investments proposed by the applicant. Phase 3 would include a presentation and an interview with the city council.
The city council also needs to decide how much it will charge companies for processing applications for a cannabis business permit, although city officials estimate these application fees will range from $ 8,500 to $ 10,000, according to the city officials’ report.
Bodem said the city council proposed some minor changes to the assessment criteria at the July 13 meeting, but council members were generally in favor of the proposed three-phase approach.
Once the application process is in place, Bodem said the city will begin accepting and reviewing cannabis business permit applications, a process he hopes will begin sometime in late August.
City officials estimate that commercial cannabis could generate between $ 150,000 and $ 250,000 in tax revenue for Guadalupe each year, which Bodem said could be of great help to a city that has long struggled financially.