Supervisors to discuss medical marijuana dispensaries
Salubrious, a medical marijuana dispensary, is shown in August 2011 at Rockville Corner on Suisun Valley Road. The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will once again take up the matter of medical marijuana dispensaries in the county. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic file)
FAIRFIELD — Solano County has come up with a list of potential locations in rural areas for medical marijuana dispensaries, from Mankas Corner in Suisun Valley to remote Birds Landing.
Those are simply sites that because of their commercial zoning could possibly have a dispensary. It’s up to the Solano County Board of Supervisors whether to allow dispensaries in the unincorporated county at all, and if so, where.
Supervisors will discuss the issue when they meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Government Center, 675 Texas St. They are not scheduled to vote on a law until 2014, after public outreach. That law would affect only the county’s rural areas, not what happens in the county’s seven cities.
The Board of Supervisors for several years has passed temporary bans on medical marijuana dispensaries as the courts sorted out various issues statewide. County planning officials on July 30 brought before the board a proposed ban without a sunset date.
But a majority of supervisors, citing state voter approval in 1996 of Proposition 215 allowing medical marijuana dispensaries, declined to vote for that proposed ban. Instead, they voted for a one-year ban while they explored a framework for possibly allowing some dispensaries.
Solano County planning officials looked at commercial areas in the unincorporated county, but disqualified areas within a certain distance of churches, day care centers and schools. Possible sites for dispensaries using this criteria are:
- Four parcels near Lemon Street in the Starr subdivision near Vallejo.
- Birds Landing in the Montezuma Hills. This small, rural outpost consists for the most part of a bar, the Montezuma Fire Protection District station, the vacant Bird & Dinkelspiel store and some homes. A county report said its remote location makes it “marginally suitable” at best.
- Cordelia at Central Way and Thompson’s Corner. Two vacant lots next to the Thompson’s Corner Bar are possibilities, the report said.
- Cordelia Road at Thomasson Lane. Solano County has designated this site to be an agricultural tourist center for Suisun Valley. It presently has a farm and produce stand.
- Gomer School area on Abernathy Road. The county has designated this site to be a Suisun Valley agricultural tourist center. It presently consists of the century old, empty Gomer School building.
- Rockville Road between Abernathy and Chadbourne roads. This is a two-acre area with a produce stand and farm. The county has designated this site to be a Suisun Valley agricultural tourist center.
- Abernathy Road and Suisun Valley Parkway. The county has designated this site to be a Suisun Valley agricultural tourist center. It presently has Green Valley Tractor and the former Cadenasso Winery.
- Iwama Market on Rockville Road across the street from Willotta Oaks. The county has designated this site to be a Suisun Valley agricultural tourist center. The Iwama Market is not in use.
- Rockville Corner. A commercial area in Suisun Valley with restaurants, a florist, a bike shop and other businesses. It also has Salubrious, a medical marijuana dispensary, the county report said. The county has never granted approval for the dispensary to locate there. The report listed the Rockville Presbyterian Church and Rockville Cemetery as being “sensitive” uses in the area. It didn’t say definitively if any part of Rockville Corner could have a dispensary.
- Suisun Valley Road at Morrison Lane. The county has designated this site to be a Suisun Valley agricultural tourist center. It presently has the Suisun Valley Wine Cooperative.
- Mankas Corner. A commercial area in Suisun Valley with a restaurant, wine tasting room and other businesses.
- Quinn Road area near Vacaville. Properties to the north have auto and truck repair businesses.
- Midway Road at Interstate 505. Four parcels are zoned for commercial uses and are vacant. Another parcel has a country store and bar.
- Midway Road at Interstate 80 near Vacaville. The area has a produce market.
- Interstate 80 at Highway 113 and at West A Street near Dixon.
- The Pedrick and Tremont roads area. Agricultural-supporting businesses are located there.
- Putah Creek near Winters and the Winters Bridge. Only some of the parcels along Winter Road are far enough from churches and day care centers to be considered, the county report said.
County officials propose five meetings to hear from residents on possible locations of dispensaries, limitation of dispensaries and potential impacts to residential areas. These meetings would be in Dixon, Vacaville, Winters Vallejo and Fairfield.
County officials also propose to meet with representatives from the county’s cities, law enforcement agencies and the medical marijuana industry.
The Board of Supervisors, after receiving the results of this information-gathering effort, could give further direction in December, the county report said.
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Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.