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Lompoc issues occupancy certificate to cannabis dispensary

By Chris McGuinness

A planned commercial cannabis dispensary is one step closer to opening its doors in the city of Lompoc.

On Jan. 11, the city issued its very first certificate of occupancy for a commercial cannabis business to David MacFarlane. The certificate will allow MacFarlane to open an adult use retail dispensary at 423 West Ocean Ave.

MacFarlane applied for a commercial cannabis license from the city on March 14, 2018, and the license was approved on July 16 of that same year. So far, the city has already approved 10 commercial cannabis applications and 16 more are pending. 

"The length of the commercial cannabis licensing process varies depending on the type of application, and whether additional information is required of the applicant," city spokesperson Samantha Scroggin wrote in an email response to questions from the Sun

Lompoc began accepting applications for commercial cannabis permits in March 2018. According to the city's website, the application costs $11,900 per application, plus an additional $1,100 per applicant and other individuals with a financial interest in the proposed business.

"The commercial cannabis licensing process is new to all of us in the city of Lompoc and in other jurisdictions across the state, but so far, the process has run smoothly," Scroggin wrote. "Our city has not been able to add staff members to handle the extra workload required of the cannabis applications, but we are processing them as quickly as we can while ensuring our work is thorough and careful."

MacFarlane did not respond to a request for comment about when he plans to open his dispensary. When it does open, he and other commercial cannabis business owners will also have to pay the city's recently passed cannabis tax. The tax, approved by voters in the November 2018 election, includes a $0.06 percent tax on every $1 of retail sales. 

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