The Porterville City Council approved development agreements for two cannabis dispensaries to operate downtown at its meeting on Tuesday.
The agreements are for Culture Cannabis Club to operate at 230 N. Main Street and Haven No. 7 to operate at 1 West Morton. The agreements are for a lease of potentially up to 20 years for both operations.
Both agreements were approved by a 3-1 vote as Council members Kellie Carrillo, Monte Reys and Martha Flores voted in favor while as he has done throughout the process Milt Stowe voted against the agreements.
Stowe has maintained a position of ensuring cannabis operations are properly regulated while also maintaining his overall opposition to cannabis dispensaries.
He made that point on Tuesday when he defended the process that has led to the cannabis dispensaries. “This has been going on for months now,” Stowe said. “It just didn’t happen overnight.”
Reyes also made that point, noting the recommendations on how cannabis dispensaries would be operated went through a Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee.
“These agreements are to protect the community,” said Reyes, adding they’re done to make sure the way cannabis operations are conducted in the city doesn’t lead to a “free-for-all.”
He noted the agreements cover such areas