At its Nov. 18 meeting, Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Group approved a request by Golden State Greens marijuana dispensary at 3452 Hancock St. for a Conditional Use Permit allowing a small second-story expansion for the business. Their request included a business classification change allowing sales to recreational as well as medical clients.
Abhay Schweitzer of Techne Design presented to the planning group, noting Golden State was adding some adjacent office space and reconfiguring its existing ground-level dispensary space. He added the small, second-story addition was for product storage only, freeing up retail space below.
Asked if there have been any robbery or crime issues at the Midway dispensary, Schweitzer replied, “There have been zero of these types of encounters.”
A local resident during the Zoom meeting warned of the threat posed by pot dispensaries selling edibles and other high-potency products to impressionable youths. “I urge you to wait on approving this until you get more of the community’s concerns regarding the size of this marijuana outlet in our community,” she asked.
“This is a very efficient business and what they’re asking for is completely legitimate,” noted Midway planner Amy Stark. “They have good parking in the back. I can’t see anything negative to the neighborhood.”
MPHCPG will be dark in December and will reconvene in January 2021.