This week in Santa Cruz County business: Westside dispensary moves forward, local companies named top green tech … – Lookout Santa Cruz

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In this week’s roundup of Santa Cruz County business, Jessica M. Pasko reports on a cannabis dispensary proposed for the former Emily’s Bakery location, local companies making a green tech splash and other notes, numbers and events.

Each week, we’ll be taking a closer look at the movers and shakers, the growth of industries, and what’s really driving the Santa Cruz County economy. I’ll be spotlighting some of the biggest areas for opportunity, updates on local development and all things underpinning the regional business scene each Wednesday.

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Mission Street dispensary gets permit following public hearing, district opposition

The Santa Cruz Planning Commission granted a permit for a new cannabis dispensary in the former Emily’s Bakery on Mission Street, following a contentious public hearing Thursday. 

A vocal opposition to the proposed dispensary called into question its close proximity to Santa Cruz High School, with district officials among those asking the planning commission not to permit the project to move forward. 

In a letter to the planning commission, Kris Munro, Santa Cruz City Schools superintendent, wrote, “I know that having the dispensary farther away

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