Coachella council to consider cannabis business, coffee shop near Veterans Memorial Park – The Desert Sun


As more states embrace legal cannabis, the number of people working in the legal weed business is growing rapidly. Wochit, Wochit

The city of Coachella on Wednesday will consider approving a 4,080-square-foot cannabis “microbusiness” and coffee shop in downtown Coachella — directly across the street from Veterans Memorial Park and other areas where children play, go to school and do homework.

The vote is technically a contingency vote, according to a staff report prepared ahead of Wednesday’s meeting. Because of neighborhood opposition to the location at 791 Orchard St., the applicant, Rootz Coachella Inc., is seeking an alternative site. Though the company is registered with the state as Rootz, the shop itself will be known as Roots, according to the plan submitted to the city.

The proposed location on Orchard Street is directly across from the park, a block from the Coachella library and two blocks from Palm View Elementary School. 

The city of Coachella on Wednesday will consider a proposal for the Roots coffeeshop and cannabis dispensary in downtown Coachella. The rendering shows the property at 791 Orchard St. (Photo: City of Coachella)

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The staff report says that the applicant — listed on an April 2018 planning commission application as John Scott Russo — has secured an agreement for an alternate site at a yet-to-be-constructed commercial building at Avenue 48 and Grapefruit Boulevard. 

If the applicant is unable to secure approvals for the Avenue 48 site, the approval of the conditional use permit for the Orchard Street location would allow

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