Antioch approves new cannabis business next to mosque, church – East Bay Times

Antioch has given a unanimous nod to a second cannabis dispensary and delivery business despite a number of objections, mainly from members of a Mosque located next door.

Planned at a business park at 2101 W. 10th St., the proposed Delta Cannabis Dispensary is in the same building as the Victory Outreach church and next to the Masjid AbuBakr Al Siddiq Mosque and Community Center to the east.

The new dispensary will be about 2,200 feet west of the city’s first approved cannabis dispensary, One Plant, which is being developed at 2701 W. 10th St. at the former Goodwill. In addition to marijuana and cannabis products, applicant Rick Hoke also plans to sell vape pens, vape pen cartridges, vape pen batteries, and chargers for cannabis concentrates.

“We are investing in the future of Antioch by building a state-of-the-art retail establishment … unlike anything that currently exists in Antioch,” Hoke told the City Council. “It is important for us to create a destination that Antioch will be proud of but also that will attract residents from nearby communities that will spend their money…”

Delta Cannabis’ operations call for the on-site sale of retail cannabis products, as well as retail delivery. The retail sales would be in an area that can only customers with valid IDs could access, according to the staff report.

The nearly 20 residents and mosque members who spoke Tuesday, however, were more concerned about crime, safety and the negative influence that the proposed northwest Antioch dispensary might bring.

The project, which the Planning Commission approved on a 3-1 vote earlier this month, includes plans for 24-hour security, including two armed on-site security guards during business hours.

Members of the nearby Masjid AbuBakr AlSaddiq Mosque argued that the cannabis shop is too close to the community center where up

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