The Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the second cannabis retail outlet in the unincorporated Riverside County community of Lakeland Village, without public opposition.
“The project has been vetted by the community,” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said ahead of the 5-0 vote in favor of the I.E. Gardens 2 shop. “There have been no negative comments from residents in the surrounding area.”
The 7,550-square-foot facility will be embedded in an existing strip mall near the intersection of Corydon Road and Grand Avenue, according to the county Transportation & Land Management Agency.
The outlet will include on-site indoor cultivation, as well as in-store sales and a delivery service, TLMA said.
Officials from the neighboring cities of Lake Elsinore and Wildomar expressed concerns in letters to the county about traffic hazards and potential increases in noise, as well as public safety problems, that might stem from the outlet’s operation. But none of the issues was unmanageable, according to TLMA.
Jeffries, who is a resident of Lakeland Village, noted that several officials pressed the county to restrict marijuana shops to industrial areas, like the city of Lake Elsinore does.
“If we adhered to that, there would be no cannabis businesses in county areas,” the supervisor said. “Lakeland Village needs all the money it can get just to put in street lights.”
The board approved the community’s first cannabis shop in January. It is about five miles to the north of where the I.E. Gardens 2 shop will be located.
TLMA documents indicate the retailer will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Seven employees, including an armed security guard, will be in the shop during rotating shifts, officials said. Security will be enforced 24 hours a day, even outside of regular business hours, according to the owners.
Under the 10-year conditional use permit and development agreement, the retailer will be required to make a first-year public benefits payment to the county totaling $74,450. An ongoing annual baseline payment of $97,000 will also be owed, increased 6% every year.
The Planning Commission unanimously approved the proposal on March 24 and forwarded it to the board for final authorization.
The board previously authorized dispensaries and manufacturing facilities in Bermuda Dunes, unincorporated west Corona, Green Acres, Mead Valley and Temescal Valley.
The county’s 2018 Marijuana Comprehensive Regulatory Framework, codified under Ordinance No. 348, provides for steps that prospective businesses must take to be eligible for permits. Safety and health safeguards are part of the regulatory stipulations.
To date, the board has approved only indoor marijuana manufacturing and distribution outlets — not outdoor commercial cannabis grows — in unincorporated communities.