Ukiah Planning Commission OKs permit for cannabis dispensary near City Hall – Ukiah Daily Journal

After addressing concerns regarding the proposed location’s proximity to meetings for people recovering from substance abuse, the Ukiah Planning Commission Wednesday unanimously approved a permit for a cannabis dispensary to operate in an empty building on Seminary Avenue near City Hall.

“At some point, (cannabis) needs to be somewhat normalized,” said Commissioner Alex de Grassi, explaining that while he had “no objections to a dispensary being downtown,” he was conflicted about it operating at 195 Seminary Ave., “because there is an (Alcoholics Anonymous) and a (Narcotics Anonymous) facility kitty corner to the site (at 292 Seminary Ave.), and we saw a lot of letters from people very concerned about the proximity to that facility.”

City Planning Manager Jesse Davis said that while there was nothing currently in the city code that would prohibit a dispensary from operating so close to recovery meetings, “it is still something that we can address through the annual review process, and present to the Zoning Administrator if there are concerns about these (AA and NA) facilities being impacted by the cannabis operation.”

Davis added that there are city code restrictions related to dispensaries operating near a residential rehabilitation facility, but the location on Seminary Avenue did

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