Cannabis retailers proposed for North Richmond, El Sobrante

The Artist Tree proposes to operate at 4100 San Pablo Dam Road. (Image provided by County)

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to consider proposals for recreational marijuana stores, cultivation and manufacturing sites in unincorporated areas of the County, with some aiming to open in North Richmond and El Sobrante.

In June 2018, the Board passed an ordinance amendment allowing for the establishment of four storefront cannabis retailers, 10 commercial cannabis cultivators and two commercial cannabis manufacturers in agricultural zones. Then in February this year, the county invited cannabis entrepreneurs to submit proposals.

Dozens of proposals were submitted, reviewed and ranked by a panel of County staff members representing the County Administrator’s Office, Department of Agriculture, Contra Costa Fire Protection District, Health Services Department and the Department of Conservation and Development.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Board may invite applicants behind some of the proposals to submit land use permit applications to operate.

Seven of the proposals for storefront retailers being considered are in El Sobrante, one is in North Richmond, 10 are on Pacheco Boulevard, one is in Clyde and two are in Bay Point.

As seen in the map above, the lone storefront retailer seeking to operate in North Richmond, White Fire Dispensary, is proposing to locate at 801 Chesley Ave. In El Sobrante, the seven retail storefront proposals include the existing One Plant at 3817 San Pablo Dam Road, which is currently a medical cannabis dispensary. Element 7 proposes to open at 4024 San Pablo Dam Road, while Artist Tree proposes to open at 4100 San Pablo Dam Road. The four other proposals are vying to open at one location, at 4160 Applian Way, including Element 7, The Green Door, Emerald Heights and the Flower Shop.

Per the ordinance, cannabis storefront retailers cannot locate within 500 feet of one another.

The County is also considering proposals for cultivation operations at 505 Brookside Drive (Cas Rasta Farms); 801 Chesley Ave. (Magic Flower Gardens, LLC); and 703 Chesley Ave. The majority of proposals for cultivation came out of East County. Map of North Richmond proposal locations:

For more information on the proposals and their viability rankings, click the County’s report here.