With an upcoming appeal on the books, proposed Fresno retail cannabis dispensary Public Cannabis pitched itself to the surrounding community in the Tower District in a town hall meeting on Monday evening but was met with a bevy of concerns from neighbors.
Public Cannabis is one of 21 dispensaries in Fresno that were granted preliminary approval for a license and will be located in District 3 at 1220 E. Olive Ave.
However, five of the approved dispensaries – including Public Cannabis – are being appealed and will be the subject of a public hearing at a Fresno City Council meeting on Oct. 27.
Three parties have the power to appeal Public Cannabis’ license approval: Mayor Jerry Dyer, District 3 Councilman Miguel Arias and Public Cannabis itself.
Arias pulled the trigger on an appeal of Public, joining fellow colleagues Esmeralda Soria and Mike Karbassi in appealing applicants.
In a time when community outreach seems all the rage among the city council – with the most notable being for Club One Casino with the surrounding Granite Park neighborhood in August – Public Cannabis sought to get ahead of the scheduled public hearing and get face time with Tower District residents.