HANFORD — Hanford may get a cannabis dispensary early next year after the city council awarded the first cannabis dispensary permit Tuesday evening at its meeting.
In a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Art Brieno as the only no vote, council awarded the permit to Nc6 dba Caliva, aka Caliva, a business which also holds a cannabis distribution permit in Hanford’s Industrial Park.
In April, council decided to allow two storefront retail dispensaries to locate in the downtown area, along with two delivery-only retail dispensaries in the Industrial Park.
According to a city staff report, seven businesses applied for a dispensary permit during the open application process.
Caliva’s proposed dispensary would be located at 104 N. Douty St. This site was previously occupied by Serrano’s Furniture, which is moving to a location inside the Hanford Mall.
The 7,370 square-foot building is being proposed as both a retail storefront and delivery operation of medical and adult use cannabis.
In March, council approved allowing existing permittees to apply for additional permits through a streamlined process after paying all fees upfront.
Since Caliva’s permit is in good standing with the city, the company was eligible to be streamlined through the first phase of the application process, which includes determining eligibility and background checks.
As for the rest of the application phases, Community Development Director Darlene Mata said Caliva went through the same processes as every other business that applied for permits.
HdL Companies, the city’s cannabis consulting firm, then took over in the second phase of the application process, which was a review Caliva’s business plan, neighborhood compatibility plan, security plan, air quality plan, labor employment plan and its proposed location.