Pittsburg City Council Set To Approve Cannabis Manufacturing Facility

July 16, 2018 14:00 pm · 17 comments

The City Council is poised to approve Pittsburg’s first commercial facility for manufacturing and distributing medical and recreational cannabis products.

Approval of a commercial cannabis permit for – and an operating agreement with – Canyon Laboratories is on the council’s agenda for tonight’s meeting.

Canyon Laboratories would operate the facility on Clark Avenue on what many years ago was part of the Army’s old Camp Stoneman site. The facility would accept raw cannabis materials, including cannabidiol (CBD) and
tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), process them into various products and ship them to approved retail sellers. CBD, which is not psychoactive, is believed to have various medical benefits.

The city would also require Canyon to abide by a security plan that would require, among other things, limit the amount of THC stored onsite, open the facility’s records to inspection by police on request, and install employ various locks, security cameras and card readers as specified by police, among other measures.

Canyon was known until recently as BioZone Laboratories, Inc., which has operated in Pittsburg since 1992 as a developer, manufacturer and marketer of over-the-counter drugs and preparations, cosmetics and nutritional supplements.

Pittsburg voters in November 2016 approved Measure J, allowing for a maximum 10 percent sales tax on all marijuana-related commercial businesses within the city. That, city officials say, could bring in more than $100,000 for city coffers annually.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall council chamber, 65 Civic Avenue in Pittsburg.

martinezmike July 16, 2018 at 2:24 PM

Exactly what claycord needs. More BioZombies. City officials believe it could bring more than 100,000 for city coffins

honda bill July 16, 2018 at 3:13 PM

you said coffins, that’s funny. reminds me of blazing saddles. and yes, there will be some blazing for sure!

Me July 17, 2018 at 7:52 AM

CBD doesn’t get you high. It’s just for medical use.

Bob July 16, 2018 at 3:52 PM

I don’t see what could possibly go wrong

Ellen Teapot July 16, 2018 at 3:54 PM

More legal, regulated, tax-paying businesses providing quality jobs to local residents sounds like a win to me.

WC July 16, 2018 at 4:05 PM

State sales tax of 6%, Contra Costa County sales tax of .25%. 15% state tax on marijuana and 10% Pittsburgh tax on recreational marijuana. This totals 31.25%. Most of the pot will still be bought in the hood tax free.

Lena July 16, 2018 at 4:19 PM

” … could bring in more than $100,000 for city coffers annually.” Whoop de do! That’s almost comical. Chump change. $100,000 annually won’t come anywhere near what its going to cost them to have the facility in their town. Looks like a pathetic desperation move to fund the city coffers. Better Pittsburg than Concord, anyway, but not nearly as good as nowhere within 100 miles of people who aren’t dopers.

THE BLACK KNIGHT July 16, 2018 at 8:40 PM

Lena,

Concord has yet to approve any of these business, but they will! At least one of these manufacturing business has already purchased a building in the City of Concord.

ratstalker July 17, 2018 at 12:01 AM

damn… I’d take a hundred thousand dollars a year. Hardly chump change to the rest of us.

Pyrrhus July 17, 2018 at 8:25 AM

This is a manufacturing facility. the product is sold to retailers not directly to people. How is this any different than a brewery or winery? Actually it would be more akin to a tobacco facility but with more stringent regulations.

I don’t smoke and don’t plan to smoke, but then again I hardly ever drink alcohol or smoke tobacco. So, to me this is no big deal and seems to be good thing for Pittsburg as it supplies tax revenue and jobs.

People need to be better informed. And really who would you rather deal with? I’ll give you a hint, one is much more inclined to be aggressive while the other is much more clam. In case you don’t believe me, here’s some facts.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/20/researchers-have-finally-found-out-why-youre-such-a-mean-drunk/?utm_term=.ec515be72937

Smokin' July 16, 2018 at 5:47 PM

Perfect name “Camp Stoneman”

ratstalker July 17, 2018 at 12:02 AM

that was pretty funny.

RSD July 16, 2018 at 6:42 PM

$100K? Great decision for your community. That won’t even cover the loss of product if you know what I mean..

Abbie R. July 16, 2018 at 7:38 PM

A famous Man once said “The only hope is Dope!”

Lena July 17, 2018 at 7:38 AM

Which wise man was that, Cheech or Chong?

SP July 17, 2018 at 7:04 AM

Moving here from Colorado where there’s a dispensary on every corner…. I approve! Great way to roll(cheesy pun) in the big bucks!

WC Resident July 17, 2018 at 8:43 AM

I am confused by this. There is no mention on http://biozonelabs.com/ of a name change to Canyon Laboratories. It also seems manufacturing of marijuana products is outside the scope of what they normally deal with.

In 2016 MusclePharm Corp. sold BioZone Laboratories for about $10 million to Flavor Producers, Inc. (http://flavorproducers.com/) FWIW, neither BioZone nor Flavor Producers mentions the other on their respective web sites. The only hint of a connection is here where Flavor Producers says they have some operations in Pittsburg, CA, USA though we don’t know if that means BioZone.

Canyon Laboratories does not seem to exist other than in articles about the approval by the city of Pittsburg to allow manufacturing of marijuana products by Canyon Laboratories.

Something else that confuses me is that it appears that BioZone intends to add marijuana related products/chemicals to some of their existing products. This will get tricky as BioZone is supposed to pay a 5% tax to the city of Pittsburg for “marijuana products.” If I’m manufacturing a skin cream for example and then start making a version that infused with trace amounts of a marijuana ingredient will I need to pay Pittsburg 5% of the gross revenue for that cream or 5% of some small fraction of the revenue based on the fraction of marijuana related product that’s in the cream? I get the sense that BioZone is a rather small company. Somehow they are claiming/hoping for an additional $2 million of marijuana related revenue taxed at 5% to get $100,000 per year into the city’s coffers. Good luck though it’s good to see that some manufacturing jobs still exist in the bay area.

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