Roger Phillips Record Staff Writer @rphillipsblog
STOCKTON — Two competing businesses vying for the coveted fourth and final city permit to establish a medical cannabis dispensary in Stockton will have to wait at least until late February for a resolution.
Stockton regulations allow a maximum of four legal medical cannabis dispensaries. Two are already open for business. A third — to be located at the site of the UJ’s Restaurant on Pacific Avenue — has an approved conditional use permit, a key part of the process of opening for business.
And then there are the two other medical cannabis entrepreneurs who have been wrestling over the fourth and final permit, a dispute that made it into the courtroom of Judge Carter Holly on Wednesday morning in downtown Stockton.
Lafayette Street Property Management originally was first in line for the city’s last use permit, but a strange sequence of events beginning in August and involving the Planning Commission and the City Council has led Lafayette to a dead end. Lafayette wants to open a dispensary on Stagecoach Road in southeast Stockton.
Meanwhile, applicant David Draper Jr. is seeking a use permit to establish a dispensary at Hammer Lane and Holman Road. Given Lafayette’s difficulties, Draper seemingly has moved into position to have the best shot at the final dispensary use permit.
Draper’s use permit has won Planning Commission approval. But an appeal by a Stockton man to overturn the Planning Commission’s prior approval of Draper due to security concerns — unrelated to the Lafayette matter — was to have been heard at Tuesday night’s council meeting. But the appeal, which Draper contests, never made it to the City Council.
On Monday, Lafayette’s attorneys filed legal papers in San Joaquin County Superior Court essentially asking that a council vote on the appeal not take place