Riverside County supervisors Tuesday approved cannabis retail outlets in Lakeland Village and East Hemet, but only after the supervisors representing each area cautioned the business owners to operate lawfully and respectfully or face consequences.
Nibble This LLC was authorized in a 5-0 vote to open a dispensary at 17139 Grand Ave., near Evergreen Street, in Lakeland Village, where the Board of Supervisors has already approved two other cannabis retail operations in the last year.
“It’s up to you to prove to the surrounding businesses and residents that you’re a respectable business person,” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries told the applicant. “If you don’t live up to expectations, I’ll do everything I can to see that your conditional use permit is revoked. Be a good neighbor.”
A Nibble This representative vowed that the operation will be aboveboard and efficient.
Jeffries’ residence is within a mile of where the dispensary will be established.
The entire facility will occupy just over an acre, parking lot included, though the currently vacant building slated for use to sell and store products is about 3,300 square feet, according to the county Transportation & Land Management Agency.
The outlet will provide on-site marijuana sales, as well as a mobile delivery service, available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., TLMA said.
Under the 10-year conditional use permit and development agreement, Nibble This will be required to make a first-year public benefits payment to the county totaling $64,634. An ongoing annual payment of $120,000 will also be owed, increased 3% every year.
The payments are intended to offset the costs to the county of providing additional law enforcement, street maintenance and other services at the location.
The Planning Commission unanimously approved the proposal on May 19 and forwarded it to the board for final authorization.
The board additionally approved permits for Catalyst Hemet LLC in East Hemet, where a dispensary will be set up on a .67-acre lot near the intersection of East Florida Avenue and Columbia Street.
The existing space to be used for sales is part of a strip mall, and the outlet will utilize roughly 4,000 square feet of that, according to TLMA.
“We hold you to a higher standard,” Supervisor Chuck Washington, whose Third District encompasses the area, told the applicant. “We will go after bad actors, and we will hold you responsible if you don’t conform to the rules of the road. The community is very sensitive about this. I don’t want it to be something negative for East Hemet.”
The Catalyst Hemet representative acknowledged the warning and promised a safe and clean operation.
The company will provide on-site marijuana sales, as well as a mobile delivery service, available seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., officials said.
Under the 10-year conditional use permit and development agreement, the company will be required to make a first-year public benefits payment to the county totaling $78,440. An ongoing annual payment of $65,000 will also be owed, increased 4% every year.
The Planning Commission approved the proposal in a 4-0 vote — with one recusal — on April 7 and forwarded it to the board for final authorization.
The board has previously authorized dispensaries and manufacturing facilities in unincorporated Bermuda Dunes, Corona, Green Acres, Highgrove, Mead Valley, Temescal Valley and Thousand Palms.
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.