Contra Costa Supervisors Could Approve Marijuana Business Selection Process Today

February 12, 2019 8:00 am · 14 comments

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors is set to decide today whether to approve a selection process for a set number of commercial cannabis permits for unincorporated areas of the county.

Contra Costa County’s cannabis zoning ordinance allows for four storefront retailers, 10 commercial operations and two cannabis manufacturing businesses in agricultural zoning districts throughout the county.

The proposed selection process being considered requires applicants to submit letters of intent to apply for a commercial cannabis activity land use permit. County officials would then decide which applicants
would move forward in the process. This process would favor applicants with a “locally-owned business” element.

The process timeline, as presented to the supervisors, calls for letters of intent to be submitted by April 4. Some of those applicants would be invited to submit formal proposals for cannabis businesses by June 27.

County staff would then evaluate proposals, and rank and score them. Oral interviews of applicants, and visits to proposed business sites would follow.

The Board of Supervisors would then consider county staff recommendations and determine which respondents to invite to apply for land use permits.

Simonpure February 12, 2019 at 8:31 AM

Sure are dragging their feet on this one. An entire year of revenue down the drain already.

Original G February 12, 2019 at 8:56 AM

An just what measures will Board of Supervisors take to protect the community and lessen violent take over robberies of what has histrionically been a mostly cash business? Criminals are after all, attracted by money.
Will they mandate minimum levels of security and possibly armed onsite security?

America February 12, 2019 at 9:37 AM

Yes, please get this going ASAP, because a drugged up America is a great America.

ilovepopcorn February 12, 2019 at 9:52 AM

Yes as all big organizations are. They get too many folks involved too many regulations. All tied up.

Bedazzled February 12, 2019 at 9:55 AM

Yes open up dispensaries so it drives street prices up! Anyone who pays the weed prices at dispensarries is crazy. 2x the price cause of the taxes…

You People Drive Me Crazy February 12, 2019 at 11:39 AM

A few things…

1) America is drugged up already by “legal drugs” mainly pharmaceuticals and alcohol. Marijuana can be the drug that helps keep people from spiraling into opiate or alcohol addictions. It’s safer, less debilitating, and you can’t OD from it. It’s worth legalizing.

2) The amount of tax revenue CCC missed out on from dragging their feet is insane. The county should have this approved and in place. Right now, tax payers (including myself) are headed to neighboring Richmond and Alameda counties and dumping money there. I would rather know my (insanely) high taxes are going to my town. It will lessen the sting of those high taxes.

3) Yes, the taxes are really really high (no pun intended) right now. But prices will come down. Tax is reflected of the market value, so as legalization begins to spread and distribution and manufacturing chains become more streamline, we should see supply increase similar to what was seen in Oregon. Taxes will decline because supply prices will decline. It just needs time to catch up with demand (which is very very high right now – no pun intended).

Dumdum February 12, 2019 at 12:01 PM

Why are potheads so ignorant?

Coco Rez February 12, 2019 at 1:14 PM

Because so many people are stupid in America anyways. But I can guarantee some people who use THC are intelligent and probably way smarter then you and I.

Anon February 12, 2019 at 2:49 PM

Maybe Some are. It’s the deadbeats who I don’t want to be around. If it takes away a persons drive – what good are they going to be as an employee?

Jim R February 12, 2019 at 8:43 PM

dd, let’s take a look at your post and the one right above you by ypdmc. If we’re going to choose an ignorant one…

Pat February 12, 2019 at 1:06 PM

Be sure that these cannabis businesses are located very near the homes of Board members with no wall separating them.

jon s February 12, 2019 at 1:48 PM

why do they bother?
they have put the private seller back in business.No taxes,no guessing if its any good,and no govt keeping lists of who bought.The cities are selling it higher than the rates when its illegal,and the whole reason the price was high was because it was illegal.The govt is trying to be a hustler,what a joke.

Bedazzled February 12, 2019 at 3:29 PM

I laugh at dispensaries and the govt trying to oversee them. Yes cash only they take, talk about cooking the books and reporting half of what’s actually sold and the govt can’t prove otherwise.. Yup thumbs up their arses.
Someone asked why don’t more people wanna open up a dispensary and simply replied why would they do that, it’s still a federal crime so mine as well stick to private sales making way more money.
You just gotta love stupidity of the govt.

Nunya February 12, 2019 at 3:45 PM

great! if it ain’t bad enough that to have skunks commuting every morning now we are going to do even more to encourage this behavior.

isn’t driving while skunked a crime? or it is just like talking on the cell phone without hands free.

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