CHICO — Four denied applicants for cannabis dispensary businesses had their appeals heard during Tuesday’s Chico City Council meeting and three were struck down.
The proposed businesses, which consisted of Authentic Chico, Velvet Chico, Ashe Chico and Grupo Flor, were four of 29 applicants denied based on code violations. The violations all came down to the dispensary locations being considered too close to sites that cater to youth.
According to City Attorney Vincent Ewing, the remaining 25 applicants will be going forward with their businesses, at least onto the next step.
Each applicant had a chance to argue their case of why their denial should be appealed.
Authentic Chico’s decision was the most divisive, being shut down with a 3-3 vote. Councilor Sean Morgan did not attend the meeting. It was determined by city staff that the business set for 900 Mangrove Ave., a former bank and current COVID-19 testing site, was too close to the Apollo School of Music located in the Mangrove Plaza.
Co-owner Susan Hern represented the business during the appeal process and argued that the music school did not have a business license that explicitly deemed it for youth purposes adding that the business originally wasn’t a