Contingent Operator Permits Issued to Five Cannabis Businesses
Commercial cannabis regulations were adopted by the City of San Luis Obispo in late 2018, with the first application period for Cannabis Business Operator Permits open from January 7-29, 2019. During that time, the City received a total of twelve applications. Applications were scored according to merit-based criteria including community benefit, experience, equity and labor, messaging, medical retail commitment, property control and financial investment to ensure the best operators were selected for the City. The scoring was completed by a staff panel from several City departments including Administration, Code Enforcement, Community Development, Fire and Police. In addition, the scoring was proctored by a third-party consulting firm to ensure consistent application of the review criteria and was reviewed and approved by the City Manager.
The City has issued contingent operator permits for five of the applicants: three retail storefronts, one delivery service (non-storefront) and one microbusiness (non-storefront). Official Cannabis Business Operator Permits will be issued in place of contingent operator permits provided all applicants pass the required, comprehensive background checks. Additionally, the contingent operator permit for one retail storefront and one non-storefront is subject to their ability to identify alternative eligible locations.
The City will officially announce the businesses selected at the conclusion of the background check process. Those businesses will then need to obtain a use permit for the property where their business is located and any building permits required for the necessary tenant improvements through the City’s Community Development Department. The City will continue to keep the community and businesses informed throughout the process.
More information about cannabis business in the City of San Luis Obispo can be found at www.slocity.org/cannabis.