The City of Parlier is considering a deal that would allow construction of a commercial cannabis grow facility.
If the city approves the build it would join Hanford, Coalinga and other cities already in the process of making marijuana part of their economies.
The main concern is how it will fit into community.
“One of the really neat things that we would going propose are these mixed light greenhouses,” Randi Knott, a representative of Genezen.
She discussed the benefits of a facility similar to a project they have in Hanford.
They portrayed the buildings as a discrete, secure and energy efficient that becomes a part of the community.
“Every community we go into we treat as an individual we only want to be where they want us to be,” said Knott.
the company’s pitch promised jobs and economic prosperity, but members of the community voiced their concerns about the affect it could have on safety.
“I worry about the families that have been affected by so much drugs,” said one resident.
Neighbors were concerned the company would perpetuate drug abuse.
Many residents pointed out problems caused by grow houses in the community.
Some in attendance asked city council to solve one problem before inviting another.
“Our town. We need to build it. We ain’t gonna build it with something that’s coming in so fast,” said one resident.
Parlier Mayor Alma Beltran acknowledged the problems the city is facing but tried to ease concerns about the potential abuse of medicinal cannabis.
“It’s not going to be in your local neighborhoods, or city, or by the store or anywhere like that,” said Beltran.
She explained that an ordinance increasing commercial indoor cultivation would be needed before any decisions were made.
The council plans to take the issue up again at their next meeting on September 20.
They have until December 31 to make a decision.