US (CA): Banning approves one cannabis facility, denies another

In two separate public hearings, Banning’s city council unanimously turned down approval for one company to improve a 4,000 square-foot building to turn it into a commercial cannabis cultivation facility on Lincoln Street, but the majority of the council gave a nod to a 13,000 square-foot commercial cannabis cultivation facility along Hathaway Street and Westward Avenue.

That second project, proposed by Newport Beach-based Green Grow Farms, LLC, will be housed in a building that currently encompasses 9,000 square feet.

The city’s municipal code requires 10,000 square feet of canopy space for cannabis cultivation in order for a permit to be approved, which is why the first conditional use permit, applied for by Burbank-based Banning Greenhouse, Inc., was denied: the company did not have the financial resources to expand its facility.

On the other hand, Green Grow Farms will expand their property on Hathaway Street, adding an additional 4,000 square feet for a combined 12,000 square-foot building that will include 13,000 square feet of grow room, and 1,000 square feet for office space, restroom, trim room, storage and distribution.


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