CA Appeals Court: “Chula Vista failed to follow own cannabis permitting rules”

CA Appeals Court: “Chula Vista failed to follow own cannabis permitting rules”
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The San Diego Union Tribune writes Ruling directs city to rescind its denial and reprocess applications An appeals court ruled Tuesday that Chula Vista violated its own laws when it rejected a marijuana company’s application and it ordered the city to reprocess the application. The decision by the state Fourth District Court of Appeal directs Chula Vista to rescind its denial of Caligrown’s three applications for storefront retail business licenses, and to reprocess them in compliance with the city’s cannabis ordinance. “I have great faith in our legal system and I’m grateful that our process works because I’m not a big, huge multinational corporation. I’m a small entrepreneur,” said Laura Wilkinson Sinton, CEO of Caligrown. “I look forward to working with the city to try and resolve this.” In a statement Wednesday, City Attorney Glen Googins said his office “has just received the opinion and is currently evaluating it. We will be advising City Council and senior staff in due course regarding its impacts and recommended next steps.” In 2018, Chula Vista established a rigorous two-phase permitting process with thorough vetting and criminal background checks. Its ordinance allows up to eight dispensaries to open with a maximum of two storefronts in each of the city’s four council districts. To date, five dispensaries have permitted storefronts in the South County city, said Googins. Caligrown submitted three applications to open dispensaries in Districts 1, 3 and 4. In January 2020, the company was notified that it did not qualify for the second phase because it failed to rank high enough on the merit-based scoring. HdL Consulting Services, contracted by the city to handle the review process, had deducted points from the applications because of “poor formatting and disorganization,” despite the business following the city’s directions. The company appealed the rejection and then-City…

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