Here's a look at 5 proposed pot shops up for appeal as Fresno prepares for smoke – The San Joaquin Valley Sun

Following months of applications and interviews away from the prying eyes of the public, the people of Fresno are about to get their first taste of battle over recreational marijuana dispensaries.

Out of the 21 dispensaries that have received approval from the city’s Office of Cannabis Oversight, which is under the purview of City Manager Thomas Esqueda, five of them are up for appeal on Wednesday. 

Here’s a breakdown of the upcoming appeals: 

The Artist Tree

Address: 1426 N. Van Ness Ave. 

Appealing Councilmember: Esmeralda Soria

The Artist Tree will be located on Van Ness Ave. between McKinley and Olive in the Tower District in District 1, and it is one of two – out of three total in the district – being appealed by Soria. 

Soria said she is appealing the permit to allow public participation in the awarding process. 

The city initially awarded a permit to The Artist Tree because the dispensary was the second highest scoring application in District 1. 

Since the appeal was announced, six members of the public sent in comments to the city sharing their concerns about the dispensary. The public comment centered around the fear that the dispensary would increase crime and blight in the area. 

In response, the city said the dispensary has prepared a security plan with armed security guards on sight 24 hours every day. The dispensary will also incorporate an art gallery to feature local artists. 

Cookies Lemonnade Tower District

Address: 1264 N. Wishon Ave.

Appealing Councilmember: Esmeralda Soria

Through the corporate name 1261 Wishon OPCO LLC, the dispensary will operate as Cookies’ Lemonnade brand and is located in the heart of the Tower District in a former Bank of America branch.

This is the other dispensary that Soria is appealing to allow public participation in the awarding process,

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