Imperial Beach’s only cannabis dispensary gets closer to construction – The San Diego Union-Tribune

The first and only cannabis business allowed to open a storefront in Imperial Beach is moving closer to construction, following the City Council’s approval last week of the project’s design.

Council members voted 4-0 in support, with Councilman Jack Fisher recusing himself due to living near the project site, located at 740 Palm Ave.

March and Ash, a cannabis dispensary and delivery company with locations in San Diego, Vista and Mission and Imperial valleys, has come a long way. About two years ago, seven applicants sought to obtain the single cannabis business license in the city and March and Ash was the only one to complete the vetting process.

“The city of Imperial Beach mayor, City Council and staff should be commended for developing a very responsible and comprehensive ordinance and implementation plan,” said Frank Urtasun, who serves as a municipal consultant for the project. “Though some municipalities experience difficult issues, the city of Imperial Beach has handled this very carefully and well thought out. We look forward to building a first-class facility and expanding our responsible adult-use platform to the residents of Imperial Beach.”

The project, whose site is located in a general commercial and mixed-use zone, is expected to begin with the

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