SAN LEANDRO — The Davis Street Wellness Center has received the first approval needed to open a medical marijuana dispensary, over the objections of city staff.
The staff maintained the proposed 7,704-square-foot dispensary, at 3089 Teagarden St., is too close to the Davis Street Family Resource Center, a nonprofit that helps low-income and immigrant families and where young children receive social services. There also was concern about the effect of parking on nearby businesses and what the staff called an inadequate security plan.
However, the San Leandro Board of Zoning Adjustments voted 6-1 in favor of the dispensary at its Oct. 5 meeting, where several civic leaders spoke in favor of Davis Street’s plan.
In its report, city staff wrote: “A harmonious and workable relationship among land uses at this location is improbable given that there are adjacent land uses that serve families, children, adolescents and other vulnerable individuals who would be adversely affected by the immediate presence of a medical cannabis dispensary.”
Some zoning board members saw things differently.
“I’m satisfied that Davis Street Wellness Center has adequate controls in place, and the separation will be enough from the Family Resource Center in order to not cause those issues,” zoning board member Tom Fitzsimons said.
“As a city, we’re going to have to deal with recreational legalization of marijuana, and if that happens, then Davis Street Wellness Center will lose those purely recreational customers and lose some number of those medical customers,” he said.
The city will now outline a list of items that Davis Street Wellness Center must complete to open its dispensary. The Board of Zoning Adjustments will consider the requirements at its Nov. 4 meeting. The board’s decision could be final unless appealed to the City Council or called up by a council member.
One requirement will be that the Davis