CALIFORNIA: The Richmond City Council approved a permit Tuesday night to allow a marijuana dispensary to move from its current location near Hilltop Mall to a largely abandoned street on Bissell Avenue, less than one block from the Target on Macdonald.
The vote to move the Green Remedy Collective was unanimous with Council Member Jael Myrick abstaining because of a political contribution conflict of interest. The collective is one of four medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
With four dispensaries currently operating and six permits issued, Richmond has the highest number of marijuana shops per capita in the Bay Area, according to the Contra Costa Times. City officials estimate they generate sales tax revenue of approximately $200,000 per year. The Green Remedy Collective’s tax revenue is $156,790, according to a staff report.
The building the dispensary currently occupies at 2928 Hilltop Mall Rd. is in foreclosure, and if the collective hadn’t been able to secure a new site, it likely would have gone out of business, said Darrin Parle, with the Green Remedy Collective. “A lot of people’s jobs are riding on this, and a lot of people count on our services.”
The collective serves nearly 9,000 members; 1,845 of them are Richmond residents. It also provides 18 full- and four part-time positions, 11 of them being held by Richmond residents, the collective said.
“This group did everything right,” said Vice Mayor Corky Booze. “They have a clean track record and I think its good for the city and good for jobs.
About two-dozen supporters, many whom wore neon green t-shirts to show their support for the collective’s relocation, celebrated with handshakes and hugs following the council approval.
Lynette Young, who lives not far from the new site and is a regular customer of the collective, said she doesn’t see a downside to the business relocating.