CANNABIS COMPANIES UNDER CONSIDERATION IN VENTURA | Eight companies in the running ahead of July 18 public meeting – Ventura County Reporter

PICTURED: Renderings of the proposed art center were unveiled inside the unfinished building, which could also house a cannabis dispensary next door. Photo by Alex Wilson

by Alex Wilson

Eight cannabis companies are in the running for three permits to operate dispensaries in the city of Ventura, with some trying to sweeten the pot heading into a pivotal city meeting. The final decision on who will be granted the potentially lucrative permits will be made by City Manager Alex McIntyre following a public meeting July 18 where the companies and their supporters will make their cases.

Factors McIntyre will consider include location and potential impacts to neighbors, business and safety plans and overall qualifications of the owners, according to city documents. Community feedback will be another important consideration.

A map on the city’s website shows three proposed dispensaries close together on Victoria Avenue, not far from the 101 Freeway. Two are proposed in Midtown Ventura along Main Street and the final three would be located in the industrial area south of the 101 Freeway.

The city received only one application for a cannabis business without a dispensary, a distribution center which would be located in an industrial area near the

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