Redwood City could soon allow up to six storefront cannabis dispensaries

REDWOOD CITY — Cannabis connoisseurs who have long fretted
over the veritable dispensary desert on the Peninsula could soon
find an oasis in Redwood City.

Redwood City residents are being asked to weigh in on allowing
up to six cannabis retailers to open up in certain parts of the
city during a Plan Commission meeting on Tuesday, two weeks after
the city council expressed support for expanding access to the
popular drug during a council study session.

Ever since cannabis was legalized for recreational use back in
2016, no Peninsula city has gone the way of San Jose, San Francisco
and Oakland in allowing storefronts to open up. There are several
delivery services across the Peninsula, but Redwood City is the
first to seriously consider cannabis clubs to open.

The council is considering a plan that would classify retail
cannabis similarly to general retail which would allow cannabis
retailers to be located in all of Redwood City’s commercial
zoning districts. That means a cannabis retailer can open up right
on El Camino Real or smack-dab in the center of town at California

The council said having up to six stores will “allow for
sustainable business operations, avoid clustering and avoid impacts
on other retail businesses,” and also asked city staff to process
applications “through a merit-based process.”

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After conducting several surveys of the community, city staff said
in a new report that feedback was very positive and that all
attendees at one outreach meeting unanimously supported storefront
cannabis in traditional retail locations. Some residents, however,
said that retail locations in the industrial zones — like
dispensaries in San Jose — “are not conducive for retail
shopping” as they are not convenient and “may be poorly lit and
may feel unsafe in the evening hours.”

Another online survey from February 5 to March 12 that attracted
1,238 responses found that 61 percent of residents somewhat or
strongly supported retail cannabis while about 38 percent opposed

The Planning Commission will meets Tuesday, Sept. 15
at 7 p.m.

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Redwood City could soon allow up to six storefront cannabis