Two cannabis dispensaries move forward with Guadalupe City Council support – Santa Maria Sun

With plans to bring two new cannabis shops to downtown Guadalupe, two separate retailers recently entered into similar agreements with the city.

Public hearings for both projects, Root One and Element 7, were held back-to-back during the Guadalupe City Council’s Sept. 12 meeting. As part of their applications, each retailer was required to outline “the community benefits it was willing to offer the city,” according to the staff report.

Examples of the city’s suggested conditions for commercial cannabis businesses to uphold include maintaining public outreach and education efforts, participating in community service projects, and providing resources that help “promote the public health, safety, and welfare of the city and its residents.”

The requirement for cannabis businesses to enter into a community benefit agreement—drafted on a case-by-case basis, unique to its respective project—with Guadalupe is part of the city’s cannabis ordinance, adopted in May 2021.

Austen Connella and Adam Laurent of SLOCAL Management, the LLC behind Root One, attended the City Council’s Sept. 12 meeting to discuss their project and some aspects of its community benefit agreement. 

“The profits generated from Root One will be reinvested into the community, reigniting further economic growth,” Connella said. “It’s our mission to bring positive

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