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October 29, 2019

Canna-boom

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

I’m sure everyone has been exposed to the numerous billboard ads for cannabis related businesses around the Bay Area.  Alameda has had quite the response to its RFP for cannabis businesses.  From the City’s website:

A total of 19 businesses submitted LOIs for 22 locations. Thirteen met the minimum requirements of the LOI process qualifying them to submit proposals. Of the 13 proposals submitted, the following nine (9) scored sufficiently to move to the interview phase.

There are only four allowed dispensaries and two must provide delivery services.

I’ve mapped out the locations of the proposed locations here, but here’s a screen capture of the map.

Capture

Interestingly enough there are more applications on Park Street than Webster.  And only one not in either of the main business districts.   Quite a few of the selected sites are current auto body shops.  Maybe that’s due to the nature of the allowable zones or due to the standalone nature of the building which will eliminate conflict with possible neighbors.

We’ll see which cannabusiness wins one of the coveted slots, but with nine businesses in competition there should be the ability to select a quality business.

9 Comments »

  1. A for-delivery dispensary is not going to be the thing that tips the scales re double parking and parking autos in bike lanes. A moderate % increase in Amazon and UPS deliveries will have probably already accomplished that by the time the city gets through the interview process here. Any thought given to delivery by bike as opposed to gas guzzler or, more practically, loading/unloading zones?

    Comment by MP — October 29, 2019 @ 8:03 am

    • I guess a former autobody shop would at least provide for an off-street (and more defensible – from attack – because inside) loading zone.

      Comment by MP — October 29, 2019 @ 8:08 am

  2. How come Haight/Webster is not marked? Because they already secured a permit and have started construction?

    Comment by JRB — October 29, 2019 @ 9:09 am

    • These are only for the new businesses under consideration.

      Comment by Lauren Do — October 29, 2019 @ 9:19 am

  3. I’m confused — one of the locations in the Google doc is 1222 Park St., which is where the Red Onion restaurant is located. The Red Onion is still in business, is it not? Would it be sharing the space with the restaurant?

    I thought maybe the one at Grand & Lincoln would be in the location of the now-defunct Gaslight Emporium, but it looks like it’s in a building across the street. Still hoping something will replace the Gaslight Emporium eventually.

    Comment by trow125 — October 29, 2019 @ 10:07 am

    • I think it would take over the Red Onion space. Which I’ll be sad about, but it is what it is.

      Comment by Lauren Do — October 29, 2019 @ 10:38 am

  4. Both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have plans that might impact Alameda. How many of the applicant groups are minority owned, involve ex-convicts or Native Americans? What will Alameda do with the tax money generated? What about anticipating that some people will develop addictive behavior? Would Alameda approve a “safe injection center?”

    Bernie Sanders says ex-convicts should run the MJ growing business. Here is his plan:

    “The plan further calls for investing revenues from legal marijuana into communities most affected by the war on drugs and funding a $20 billion grant program through the Minority Business Development Agency that would provide grants both to people of color who face discrimination in capital access and people convicted of marijuana offenses.”

    Elizabeth Warren also has a plan:

    “Warren’s plan calls for safe injection sites where people can use illicit drugs under the supervision of medical professionals who can help prevent fatal overdoses and get people into treatment. She also said needle exchange programs and expanding access to buprenorphine would reduce the opioid crisis.”

    Warren also released a separate plan for Indian tribes last week that involves protecting tribal cannabis programs from federal intervention.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — October 29, 2019 @ 11:17 am

    • Cannabis isn’t injected.

      Comment by Lauren Do — October 29, 2019 @ 11:34 am

    • and now back to the hannity show.

      Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — October 31, 2019 @ 9:45 am


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