Costa Mesa planning commissioners voted Monday to award a city conditional use permit for a proposed marijuana product manufacturing facility at 3550 Cadillac Ave. (Daily Pilot)

And then there were two dozen.

With a 4-0 vote from the Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday, CR Manufacturing became the 24th cannabis-related business to receive a city-required conditional use permit, clearing one regulatory hurdle in its quest to open a marijuana product manufacturing facility in a 12,236-square-foot industrial building at 3550 Cadillac Ave.

Commissioner Carla Navarro Woods was absent from the meeting. The panel’s decision is final unless appealed to the City Council within seven days.

CR Manufacturing will operate “nonvolatile manufacturing involving intake of extracted cannabis constituent products … from licensed cannabis distributors for the production of vape pens or vape pen refill cartridges,” according to a city staff report. The final products will be “stored, third-party-tested, packaged and labeled for distribution by third-party licensed cannabis distributors.”

Like many marijuana permit proceedings before it, Monday’s hearing attracted scant input from residents and took relatively little time — about 40 minutes.

Only two members of the public spoke on the matter, both questioning whether Costa Mesa is properly equipped to oversee its blossoming cannabis industry.

“I don’t think we’re ready for this,” said resident Ann Parker, who regularly attends Planning Commission meetings. “I do not think the city of Costa Mesa has a handle on anything.”

Commissioners, however, said local voters opened their arms to such businesses by approving Measure X, a 2016 ballot measure that allows firms that research, test, process and manufacture some marijuana products to operate in a designated “green zone” north of South Coast Drive and west of Harbor Boulevard.

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Published: May 15, 2019

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