A passionate request by proposed medical cannabis dispensary operator Elizabeth Hancock to overturn a planning commission denial of her project was denied Tuesday by the Angels Camp City Council.
In a 4-1 vote, the council upheld the planning commission view that the location of the proposed dispensary did not meet a city ordinance requirement that dispensaries must be at least 1,000 feet from areas where minors might congregate. The council also was concerned that nearby school bus stops, a church that has Sunday classes for students under 18 years of age and fast-food restaurants that cater to youths would be within the 1,000- foot setback.
“I know their decision was wrong,” said Hancock’s
attorney Scot Candell after the city council meeting. “We will review the video and make a decision whether it is legal and proceed from that.”
The planning commissioners based their denial on a determination that the proposed site was within 1,000 feet of a former school that is next to a lawn area where children have played. Hancock presented the council with visual aids – maps and photographs – that she said showed the proposed dispensary at 206 North Main Street was not visible from the Altaville School House.
Candell told the council that the Altaville School was not an educational institution, but a museum and did not qualify as a youth-oriented site under the city’s ordinance.
Public speakers and a majority of the city council listed several other concerns over the location of the proposed dispensary.
Business owner Kristy Richmond told the council that there are school bus stops less than 200 feet from the proposed site. She also pointed out that Angels Camp voters in the November election showed they approved of neither Measure D, which would have created a permanent cannabis