Indoor cannabis cultivation is officially legal in downtown Crescent City. The city council affirmed the right of Ocean Grown, LLC to exist on front Street on Tuesday.
The council upheld the planning commission’s ruling in favor of the operation at the former Turf Club. The facility at 900 Front Street followed all conditions of the city’s ordinance and could not be lawfully denied, according to planning consultant Garry Rees. At issue: those who objected to the notion of a growing operation near Beach Street Park and Kids Town.
The resident who brought the appeal, Roger Gitlin, testified that “It’s not appropriate for in town. This does not fit in the normal business of the area,” he urged the business to “move out to the county and grow your cannabis.” Gitlin was joined by resident Natalie Fahning. “Move it elsewhere. It doesn’t need to be in the city. Please consider this an eyesore and a nuisance and we need not to have this in our downtown,” she said.
However, Ocean Grown received support from an unusual corner. Police Chief Richard Griffin said he believes the facility will be a cause for fewer police calls than the abandoned bar which he claims attracts graffiti and petty crime. “You have a business that’s going to be under scrutiny. I think the option of leaving it vacant is worse," the chief said.
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