Due to the high number of inquiries from people interested in opening marijuana businesses in Oakdale, the city is holding a second mandatory meeting for those who intend to submit proposals for the Cannabis Pilot Program.
Oakdale is accepting proposals for all cannabis businesses allowed under The Adult Use of Marijuana Act passed by voters in November – medical or recreational marijuana – from testing and distribution to cultivation and dispensaries.
All applicants were required to attend a “pre-submittal” meeting that was held last month but City Manager Bryan Whitemyer said he continued to get inquires from prospective business owners after that meeting so he will hold a second meeting Wednesday.
“We have had at least 10 additional contacts expressing interest after the May 30 meeting,” Whitemyer said.
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About 100 people attended the first meeting, many of them expressing intent to submit proposals but none had been turned in as of Friday.
“So far the interest has been for dispensaries, cultivation, manufacturing and I received one contact regarding a testing facility,” Whitemyer said.
Wednesday’s meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gene Bianchi Community Center at 110 South Second Ave. in Oakdale.
All other terms of the application process remain unchanged including a $5,000 non-refundable application fee and a deadline of 3 p.m. June 19.