The proposal and possible consideration to move forward with two cannabis dispensaries in downtown Porterville is before the Porterville City Council today, listed as Items 31 and 32 on the agenda, when they meet for their regular scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting is available via telephone at 1-669-900-6833; on Zoom with ID 912-1341-6298 and passcode 279962; or via YouTube. Public comments may be submitted to CouncilMeetingComments@ci.porterville.ca.us and will be read aloud for Council consideration during Oral Communications or during any public hearings as applicable. Members of the public are encouraged to submit comments prior to 6;30 p.m. today to participate in the meeting. Staff will periodically check for emails that may have been submitted after 6:30 p.m., however it’s not guaranteed those emails will be read prior to Council action.
The dispensaries, Culture Cannabis Club and Haven No. 7, are proposing to be located at 230 N. Main St., and 1 West Morton Avenue, respectively, with property owners listed as Jovita Franklin and Letsinger 1995 Trust, also respectively.
The actual owners are listed as Coast to Coast Caregivers, dba Culture Cannabis Club out of Irvine, and Culture Cannabis Club in Porterville for the first dispensary. And Haven #7 LLC, c/o Joe Velazquez in Irvine; and Hussein Rayani from Porterville both listed for the Morton Street dispensary.
On Nov. 3, 2020, City Council selected to begin the negotiations on a Development Agreement with both proposed dispensaries based on the Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee input. Both projects went before the Project Review Committee, the first in February and the latter in April of 2021.
The Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee conducted several meetings with the applicants in negotiation of the draft Development Agreement which includes provision for the term of operation, operational guidelines, community relations and employment. Both carry an initial term of 15 years with an