A Porterville developer is looking to bring a cardroom to town in the same building where he is currently putting in a cannabis dispensary.
However, putting a cardroom at the same location as a cannabis dispensary could go against state rules.
The big picture: Developer Darin Garrett, the owner of Jake’s Roofings and Coatings, is currently developing Cannabis Express on Main St. in downtown Porterville. He has also applied to put in a cardroom on the second floor of the building.
Porterville currently allows for three cardrooms in town with up to three tables each. With no cardrooms currently operating in the city, Garrett is asking for a permit for all nine tables. But getting a permit to even open up the cardroom will take extra effort and require a conversation with the state. State rules do not permit gambling at the same location of a cannabis dispensary. During Wednesday’s Project Review Committee Meeting to discuss the cardroom, city staff noted that the city needs clarification from the state because the dispensary and cardroom would be at the same location. Despite existing at the same location, both entities would be separate and have different entrances and exits.