By Jane Northrop
The Planning Commission unanimously approved a cannabis manufacturing plant at 901 Palmetto Ave. It’s a first for Pacifica.
The operation, West Manor LLC, owned by Florinda “Karina” Cardenas, will be open 24/7, but the commissioners added additional conditions of approval to prohibit deliveries between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., to require the business to operate with no more than two employees and to require all trash enclosures be kept inside the premises.
“They are seeking flexibility,” said senior planner Christian Murdock. “The operation will be reviewed in one year, unless it becomes a public nuisance, then we could mitigate sooner.”
The manufacturing process will refine the crude extracts before infusing it into other products.
Cannabis will be extracted from raw cannabis flowers and processed using heat or crystallization and dry ice separation. No solvents or chemicals will be used.
The business will produce a wide range of products including cannabis flowers, pre-rolled cannabis cigarettes, concentrates, edibles and vaporizer cartridges. Consumption of cannabis and retail sales are both prohibited on the site.
Cardenas said, “I am confident this will provide cannabis for the local retail shops and provide jobs. I’ve worked hard to develop relationships in the industry. I want to cater to Pacifica. The location is small. We don’t want to be a nuisance but we need the flexibility to use it as often as possible. We want to keep the building looking as neutral as possible.”
She will be the only employee and expects the business to grow by no more than one additional employee.
One public speaker, Paul Stofan, objected to the 24 hour operation and called the business a potential nuisance just because of the long hours.
“We are not retail. We are not going to have visitors. We are not going to be smoking cannabis,” replied Cardenas.
The building will be under 24 hour video surveillance inside and outside. An alarm system will be located at all points of entry.
Commissioner Samantha Hauser asked how the scent of cannabis will be masked and how waste will be handled. Cardenas replied the operation will use a carbon filter with negative pressure to mask odors. Waste management will be handled by an approved cannabis waste disposal facility that will supply smell proof containers.
Eventually the business will have its own vehicle for deliveries that will go home with the employee, but right now Cardenas will use her own vehicle.
“I will be wearing an alarm button to alert the police about any mishap,” she said.
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