Nearly two dozen cannabis business permits have been authorized in unincorporated Riverside County by the board of supervisors since December 2019, but of those, “only two have actually opened.” (Shutterstock)
The county has decided to deal with cannabis operators who have failed to open their businesses under the conditions they promised.
RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — The Board of Supervisors Tuesday directed staff to research how to establish a process for revocation of licenses granted to marijuana merchants in unincorporated Riverside County communities for failure to open their outlets under the conditions that they promised.
“This is about the policies and procedures of dealing with cannabis store owners who come before us and make promises, then walk away from the project,” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said ahead of the 5-0 vote in favor of his proposal. “This is to evaluate how we deal with these business owners, who have already received approval, as well as those who may be coming forward with new proposals.”
The supervisor said that nearly two dozen cannabis business permits have been authorized by the board since December 2019, but of those, “only two have actually opened.”
One of the unopened outlets, “Empire Connect” in Lakeland Village, was strongly opposed by residents when it came before the board in January 2021. According to Jeffries, who supported it only after receiving assurances from the proprietors that they would be making improvements to the space intended for marijuana sales, there has been no modification to the site, which “continues to be a nuisance for graffiti and debris, and until recently was surrounded with an unattractive mesh fencing.”
Jeffries displayed pictures showing the dilapidated condition of the concrete building and surrounding premises at Grand Avenue and Macy Street.
Published: May 24, 2022
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