Antioch’s first cannabis dispensary and delivery service is now a budding reality after city leaders recently approved its use permit.
The proposed One Plant cannabis dispensary and delivery service, which must still complete a handful of requirements before opening, is expected to occupy the former Goodwill building at 2701 W. 10th St., and sell only retail cannabis, vape pens, vape pen batteries and chargers, which are used to administer cannabis concentrates. It will also offer a cannabis product delivery service, beginning with one unmarked vehicle.
The One Plant brand is the globally recognized Serruya family’s California rollout of its retail cannabis brand.
“Of the dispensaries out there, they are one of the highest class ones,” said Antioch Mayor Sean Wright.
The company, slated to operate seven days a week and open as soon as six to seven months, will only utilize about 5,000-square feet of the 17,000 square foot building for its retail operation, with the remaining space possibly used for manufacturing or distribution elements in the future, Hester said.
It expects to serve about 300 to 400 people daily, and generate at least $3 to $5 million yearly in the beginning and up to $10 to $12 million once marketing efforts take hold, One Planet representative Chris Hester said.
“The site was specifically chosen because of the revenue that we think will develop for the city and ourselves,” said Hester.
Lori Ogorchock was the lone city representative to vote against the plan after expressing concerns the business would be too close to the nearby Babe Ruth Fields.
She speculated the establishment would be across the street from the Babe Ruth Fields, but Community Development Director Forrest Ebbs said the fields are actually about 2,500 feet away from the proposed location.
Her concerns arose as the council also recently approved plans to require cannabis businesses to be no closer than 600 feet from childcare centers, kindergarten through 12th-grade schools, city-owned or operated parks and current or future residential properties.
Ogorchock also voted against the distance requirement, feeling the Antioch Youth Sports Complex and Old Babe Ruth Fields should also be included in the mandated 600-foot buffer zone.
“We have it for everything else from the city parks to where the youth are at,” she said. “I don’t think I am asking too much.”
The park exclusion only applies to those owned or operated by the city, but Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts noted each application could be evaluated independently.
“With every application that comes before us, we can look at the parameters and decide this is within an area we don’t deem appropriate,” she said.
One Plant will implement a multitude of strict security and operational measures to preserve safety and control any operational impacts, according to city documents.
Retail customers will be required to present a valid identification in a 1,500-square-foot business lobby prior to entering a 2,500-square foot sales area, and armed security will be present at all times.
Additional onsite safety measures include: a masonry wall and sliding gate separating the customer parking lot from the employee parking area and loading dock; installation of bollards in front of windows and doors to prevent vehicle smash-and-grab-style robberies; reinforced metal doors with security lock systems on all restricted cannabis area entrances and exits; onsite surveillance, annual independent security audits and a customer code of conduct policy.
The Antioch Police Department will inspect the site’s security, and approve any required changes before it opens.
“We find that when we move into cities the crime is actually reduced and that we help solve crimes because of our security systems,” said Hester, who noted he feels the group’s security measures often make their sites more secure than banks.
City Councilmember Monica Wilson indicated the site’s security will be key to gaining residents’ trust.
“What community members want to hear is will it be safe, will there be crime around it,” she said.
Aside from strict facility security, it’s expected onsite cannabis smoking and ingestion will be prohibited, and the company will ensure cannabis odor isn’t detected on the premises.
The company will also need to gain city approval to begin selling additional items beyond those already proposed or if it wishes to modify the building beyond internal tenet improvements.
Dr. Jeffery Klinger, one of only a couple public speakers and the only one cautious of the city’s actions, reminded the council the stipulations it places on One Plant will set a precedent for similar future businesses.
“The community agreement, make it a good one,” Klinger said, referring to a development agreement the city and One Plant officials will finalize which could include the project’s rules, regulations, commitments and policies prior to the facility opening.
“The reality is the genie is out of the bottle now,” he said. “We are going to be selling cannabis in Antioch. With the genie out of the bottle, lets make sure we get our three wishes so these businesses contribute to this community and not become a detriment.”
Once open, the store plans to operate 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information on the future establishment, visit: http://bit.ly/Antiochbusiness.