The approval of another Turlock cannabis dispensary came
with little opposition from the public Thursday night, moving the second of
four planned retail locations one step closer toward opening its doors.
Perfect Union, a Sacramento-based cannabis company, will
open its fifth store at 2500 N. Golden State Blvd. after the Planning
Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the location
during their meeting this week. The commission approved the City’s first
dispensary in its pilot cannabis program, Firehouse, back in January. While the
program allows for an unlimited number of manufacturing, testing and
distribution sites, only the four best dispensary applicants were invited to
take part after being ranked from a group of over 30 applicants.
Both Firehouse and Perfect Union are two of the top four
dispensary candidates selected. Evergreen Market is on the list as well but has
yet to go before the Planning Commission for its permit approval, and
nationally-known dispensary MedMen was also selected but dropped out earlier
this year. Natural Healing Center of Grover Beach was pulled from the top 10
candidates to take the dispensary’s place.
Perfect Union will move into the 4,346 square foot building
just south of the Assyrian American Civic Club, formerly the home of G & L
Irrigation and Farm Supply. The dispensary will make little changes to the site.
Plans include improving the landscaping on both the property and the median on
Golden State Boulevard in front of the space, installing a fence and gate in
the middle of the property to create a secure loading area and repainting the
building with hints of the company’s trademark colors — blue, green and white.
The paint job will also include a mural on the south side of
the building that features the dispensary’s logo.
Commissioner Constance Anderson wondered how much color
would be used for the building’s new aesthetic.
“We have the color scheme, but is it going to be a giant,
mint green building?” she asked.
“No. We always take into account the public image in
everything that we do,” Tom Sheridan, an attorney for Perfect Union, said. “It
will be very tasteful with a neutral color scheme that will be very pleasing to
the eye, and it will look a lot better than what’s there.”
There will be 15 parking spaces on site, meeting the City
requirements of one parking space for every 300 square foot of retail space.
Like Firehouse, Perfect Union’s floor plan features a secured waiting and
reception are where IDs will be checked prior to allowing entrance into the
retail floor area.
According to Deputy Director of Development Services Katy
Quintero, City staff alerted all properties within a 500-foot radius of the
Perfect Union site about the conditional use permit proposal and received no
“To this moment, staff has not received any comments —
written or verbal — from the public about this project,” Quintero said.
The almost-empty room at City Hall during Thursday’s
Planning Commission meeting was a stark contrast from the Jan. 16 meeting,
where concerned parents and community members showed up to voice their
displeasure about the Firehouse dispensary’s proposed location at 1601 W. Main
St., which is down the street from Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy at the
former Waffle Shop location.
Though that dispensary was also approved by the Planning
Commission, an appeal was filed and the item will go before the City Council on
Tuesday for a final decision. Community members have 10 days from Thursday
night’s Planning Commission meeting to appeal the decision regarding Perfect
Union and can do so by visiting the City Clerk’s office at 156 S. Broadway,
Ste. 230, or by calling 209-668-5540 for more information.