STOCKTON — The Stockton Planning Commission approved a use permit for an indoor medical cannabis cultivation site on Navy Drive despite a “hostile” response from several existing business owners in the area.
Thursday’s action passed 5-2, with Commissioners Don Aguillard and Sol Jobrack opposing.
Douglas Chloupek applied for a permit to operate a facility at 1903 Navy Drive, which is currently a vacant 11,448-square-foot warehouse. Chloupek, CEO of VG Enterprises, plans to turn the warehouse into an indoor cultivation nursery for medical marijuana plants as allowed by California law.
According to city staff, the Stockton Police Department reviewed VG Enterprises’ security plan and said it meets standards for security guards, access controls, video surveillance and lighting.
The city likes the proposal because it “would strengthen the surrounding neighborhood by turning a vacant building into usable industrial space, and the proposed security would serve to further enhance the surrounding neighborhood.”
City staff said crime in the area is close to 56 percent below the Stockton average, but business owners argued the number was low because they stopped reporting crimes and adding a cultivation site would only attract more crime.
Lori Toccoli, president and CEO of Stockton Petroleum Company, said the area is already plagued by crime, including prostitution and burglaries, and she does not want to add another issue.
The reason why the crime percentage is low is because people no longer report crimes, Toccoli said. Her employees now leave trucks unopened because it’s cheaper to replace…
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