The Vallejo Planning Commission gave the go-ahead Monday for a “mega” cannabis retail store at the former Food 4 Less grocery store site in northern Vallejo.

The major use permit is for the 17,056-square-foot location at 5184 Sonoma Boulevard in the Meadows Plaza Shopping Center. The store, V-Town Farms, will take over the lease from an existing cannabis business, HTP Group.

The space will have retail sales, manufacturing, and distribution, but no cultivation.

The lone “no” vote for the move came from Vice Chair Kathleen Diohep.

Before the vote to approve, input from some in the community and businesses adjacent to the Meadows Plaza focused on the commission allowing more time for the proposed owners to engage other businesses in the vicinity, get more community feedback, and consider the long-term impact on the area.

S.G. Ellison identified himself as a business owner nearby who had only just heard about the proposal the previous Tuesday and he said he was worried the whole deal was being rushed.

“We are very concerned,” he said during the public comment. “The developmental impact on the neighborhood is a concern.” He also said that there had been no community outreach from the buyers, Charles Wesley and his two sons.

Rhonda Chadwick of the nonprofit Homegrown Holistic Collective, a medical cannabis dispensary down the way from Meadows, said that things were moving too quickly.

“I provide medicine to women with cancer. If this large operation is able to kill off ‘mom and pops,’ I want them to take on these ladies. We provided for them on a free basis. I want some guarantee that there will be good business practices in town.

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