San Diego this month finalized who will operate 40 indoor cannabis farms and edible cannabis factories across the city, a key step forward to create a local supply chain for the city’s dispensaries.
The nearly two-year approval process for what the city calls “cannabis production facilities” included much controversy and many twists and turns, as applicants jockeyed for position and neighborhoods fought against projects.
But the end result was pretty much as city officials and cannabis industry officials had predicted in fall 2017, when the City Council agreed to allow a maximum of 40 cannabis production facilities in industrial parts of the city.
The 40 projects approved are almost all in two large clusters, one in Otay Mesa near the Mexican border and another spanning from Kearny Mesa and Mira Mesa to Sorrento Valley.
The city’s main goal was having an adequate local supply chain to eliminate the need to truck in cannabis from elsewhere and to prevent a local “black market” of cannabis producers.
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