By Tony Nuñez Posted on July 15, 2021
Watsonville will soon see its first cannabis dispensaries set up shop after two businesses received planning commission approval at Tuesday night’s virtual meeting.
Berryessa Holdings, LLC and Charlie Mike, Inc. both got the green light by a unanimous vote. The former will serve customers at 11 Hangar Way and the latter will open a location at 274 Kearney St.
Both businesses already have ongoing cannabis-related operations at their respective locations that date back to 2016.
The approvals come roughly a year after the Watsonville City Council last June OK’d wholesale changes to its cannabis rules, allowing three retail businesses, and increasing the number of licenses in cultivation (6), manufacturing (15), distribution (2) and delivery (7). The city also now allows an unlimited number of testing licenses.
Before the dispensaries came to the Planning Commission they went through a four-step pre-application process in which city staff and cannabis consultant HdL Companies scored applicants on various aspects of their business, including how they would benefit the community and their overall