For those not following the saga of retail cannabis in Vallejo, the headline was jarring: “Mega dispensary to go into the old Food 4 Less on Sonoma Boulevard.”
The planning commission in March approved the transfer of a cannabis retail license to V-Town Farms, which wants to take over the existing license of HTP Group. Vallejo has allowed a total of 11 dispensaries to open here, but V-Town Farms would not only be the largest in Vallejo but the largest in the entire state of California.
Soon after the V-Town deal was done, another cannabis dispensary, California Collective Care (CCC), along with consultant Ammericann Development, appealed the planning commission’s decision.
Cannabis Lobbyist Max Del Real, a mover and shaker in the canna-biz for over a decade, is serving as CCC’s spokesperson. He told the Times-Herald that opening a giant retailer here will “harm and/or close down” the 10 other mom-and-pop operations in town.
The V-Town Farms site will indeed be big, with a little over 17,000 square feet earmarked for the business. The space will have retail, manufacturing, and distribution, but no cultivation.
Martin Wesley, one of the owners of V-Town, told the city that it could bring in over $2