Residents can sound off on cannabis business zone during Suisun council meeting


SUISUN CITY — What was once a bar, then a plant nursery and now home to a low-voltage union contractor is on track to become the city’s first cannabis dispensary and distribution center.

A public hearing is planned at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday as the City Council considers a Cannabis Business Zone, Development Agreement and Site Plan/Architectural Review for a dispensary and distribution permit for 521 Railroad Ave.

The applicant is Shryne Group, which will do business as Authentic 707.

The group was formed in 2017 by Brian Mitchell and James Kim. Its portfolio includes three cultivation, two manufacturing, two distribution and 15 retail licenses across the state.

“As a cancer survivor who was introduced to the healing effects of cannabis during my recovery, I have dedicated the last 12 years of my life to cultivating the purest and safest cannabis products for other cancer patients and sufferers of epilepsy, physical injuries, anxiety and other ailments,” Mitchell wrote in the application.

The applicant goes on to note the company’s mission is to “embrace all of the stakeholders of the communities in which we operate; we engage and partner with them to create a symbiotic relationship.”

Examples include hiring 85 to 90% of retail store employees from within the city of operation and paying wages between $18 and $35 per hour. Health and dental insurance are also included.

Authentic 707 will also support local causes.

A staff report notes such a business can “generate significant general fund tax dollars for a local jurisdiction because of paying specific cannabis taxes.”

The proposed use will pay the city’s cannabis tax, 7% of gross receipts and $2 per square foot per year  for retail and 5% and $5 per square foot for distribution.

“Since this will be a new location it is difficult to anticipate the amount the city will receive, but it should at least be several hundred thousand dollars per year,” the staff report states.

The project proposes a retail storefront of 3,661 square feet fronting onto Railroad Avenue and a warehouse building of 5,000 square feet for distribution toward the rear of the property. The site is proposed to include 28 parking spaces. Ingress onto the property would be taken from Railroad Avenue with egress out onto Worley Road.

City Hall is closed to the public so comments and views will be done online through the Zoom teleconference. The meeting can also be viewed on the city’s website under meeting videos and on the city’s Facebook page.

Those who wish can also view the webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85616612004 and using the webinar ID 856-1661-2004 or by calling 438-1720.

The complete agenda, and source materials, can be found at www.suisun.com under City Council agendas.





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