Growing Green Bigger, LLC, a medical marijuana dispensary to be located at 515 North Mission Street, was expected to be approved at Tuesday evening’s Planning Commission meeting. However, Urban Development Director Nikki Howard inadvertently discovered earlier that day that the County approved a dispensary just 215 feet away from there, in a space that is not annexed into the City.
Howard explained that when a nearby property owner called on Tuesday to make a complaint, she mentioned that another dispensary was opening across the street, at the old Major gas station. City staff inspected the location and confirmed that a dispensary has been approved for the space, but is not yet open.
City Attorney David Widdoes said that the 300 feet spacing requirement between dispensaries applies whether that dispensary is in the City’s jurisdiction or not. He also said that there is an “irrevocable consent to annexation” in this situation, so that if and when the other dispensary starts to provide sales tax, it will go to the City. If that does not happen prior to December, the property will be annexed into City limits.
After fielding questions from the Planning Commission and conducting a discussion about how to prevent