Five cannabis businesses are vying to be among the first local storefronts and cultivation processors in the city of Guadalupe after the city’s commercial cannabis application period came to a close in mid-November.

The Guadalupe City Council will hold interviews for final applicants during a Jan. 18 special meeting, following months of preparation and investments of over $10,000 by various applicants.

Among the applicants are Lompoc-based dispensary The Roots; Mr. Nice Guy, which has 25 dispensaries throughout Oregon and California; HerbNJoy, whose handful of delivery and storefront ventures include a dispensary in Goleta; Element 7, a dispensary chain with storefronts in Marina and Rio Dell; and San Luis Obispo-based cultivator SloCal Roots.

City Administrator Todd Bodem said the City Council could choose one or more applicants to move ahead with operations in Guadalupe, depending on the fit.  

“This was such new territory for us, we had no idea what to expect,” Bodem said of the city’s decision to open the application process. “For sure they’ll pick one, but depending on the quality and quantity of applicants, the City Council will interview [applicants] and determine if they will do more than one.”

He added that storefronts are not expected to take shape until the summer,

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