STOCKTON — Stockton’s first medical cannabis cultivation facility, planned for the city’s Port District, has the recommendation of city staff for a conditional use permit, much to the chagrin of long-established surrounding businesses that fear for the safety of their employees and customers.
The matter will be up for approval before the Stockton Planning Commission during its meeting beginning at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 425 N. El Dorado St.
In a previous hearing before the Planning Commission, members asked city staff to provide more information on the location of the cultivation facility, currently a vacant 11,448-square-foot warehouse at 1903 Navy Drive. The property is in an industrial, general zone.
Douglas Chloupek of VG Enterprises, the business proposing the marijuana growing facility, plans to turn the warehouse into an indoor cultivation nursery for medical marijuana plants as allowed by California law.
“The cultivation business is committed to the highest ethical standards, patient safety and transparency in our operations and business practices,” VG Enterprises’ operation plan says.
The cultivation facility is not a retail location and will not be attracting customers to its site. Its cannabis products will only be sold to licensed California collectives and cooperatives, according to the proposal.
It will have a security plan overseen by a security manager, who will also serve as a liaison with law enforcement. Each individual marijuana plant will be tracked “from the seed to sale,” and complete records will be kept on the amount of medical marijuana cultivated, produced,…
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