Costa Mesa planning commissioners on Monday granted the first retail cannabis conditional use permit to come before them, allowing the business Winter Greens to deliver prepackaged cannabis products from a non-storefront location in the city’s “Green Zone.”
The request is one of 64 cannabis retail applications — including dispensaries — due to come before the commission since Costa Mesa voters approved such sales in November 2020 and the City Council drafted local regulations last April.
Although the city has previously approved seven minor conditional use permits allowing non-storefront delivery among existing companies doing industrial-level cannabis manufacturing, distribution and processing in the Green Zone, under 2016’s Measure X, Monday’s approval marks the first CUP to be granted to a standalone business.
“This is going to be our first, and it’s going to be interesting to see how it moves forward,” Commissioner Diane Russell said of the proposal submitted by Costa Mesa attorney Todd Winter.
Winter Greens will operate seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., delivering products to customers who have registered before ordering. Drivers will deliver up to $2,000 in preplaced orders with another $3,000 of product customers can order while the vehicle is en route. The delivery cars will be parked indoors at night.
Winter explained an advanced point-of-sale system will contact registered customers within a certain geographic area of a vehicle with special offers for products available. On-the-spot orders will then be queued up for the driver to deliver on that route, reducing back-and-forth trips.
Published: April 13, 2022
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