Council approves city’s first delivery-only cannabis business

The Davis City Council on Tuesday approved the city’s first delivery-only cannabis business.

GreenLife Davis, which will be at 2810 Cowell Blvd., will have no storefront and will not be open to the public, nor will customers be permitted on site. Rather, the business will take orders by phone, website or app and deliver medicinal and adult-use cannabis throughout the area.

Neighbors on this stretch of Cowell Boulevard — including Davis Diamonds Gymnastics and the UC Davis Bookstore Annex — welcome GreenLife’s arrival, according to city staff, hoping its presence will decrease petty vandalism on neighboring properties.

The Davis Police Department reported the location makes it easy to secure and transport cannabis to and from the site and provides easy access to Cowell Boulevard and Interstate 80.

Additionally, there will be no cannabis-related signage at the property, which will have only a “GLDavis” sign on the building.

The Davis Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a conditional use permit for GreenLife last week and the City Council followed up with a unanimous vote in favor of the permit this week. Under the city’s retail cannabis ordinance, all cannabis use permits must be reviewed by the planning commission with the council having the final say.

Earlier this year the council approved five use permits for cannabis dispensaries, some of which also will have delivery options for customers. GreenLife CEO Omar Ochoa said he originally estimated a minimum of 400 deliveries a week out of his business once it’s up and running, but believes there may be fewer than that now that five dispensaries have been approved in the city as well.

No opposition was expressed to GreenLife at either the planning commission meeting or Tuesday’s City Council meeting and council members were very supportive.

“I’m encouraged,” said Councilman Will Arnold. “This is the first delivery-only application we’ve received. I’m hoping to see more.”

Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Partida also welcomed the business to town, saying, “I think this is a great idea.”

But she also echoed comments made by a member of the public noting that many people of color have been incarcerated over possession and use of marijuana and now people are profiting from its sale.

“I would like to see these companies train and hire people of color,” Partida said.

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy.

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