A hopeful cannabis retailer has appealed a Grass Valley decision that denied him a permit to open a dispensary.

Max Del Real, president and CEO of Ammericann Development LLC, was notified in late November by Grass Valley Community Development Director Tom Last that NUG was not the top candidate for a dispensary, meaning it couldn’t apply for a permit.

The city is allowing only one dispensary. Provisions, which intends to operate out of the Ag Natural building on Idaho Maryland Way, was the city’s top pick.

Del Real has appealed.

In a letter addressed to Del Real, City Attorney Michael Colantuono said the City Council will consider the appointment of an independent hearing officer to handle any appeals it receives related to the Commercial Cannabis Selection Committee.

“We had a small window of opportunity to appeal, but we did it in a timely fashion,” said Del Real. “To my understanding, we were the only one to appeal out of seven total applicants.”

Del Real was informed by Grass Valley that a hearing will be held within 30 days of Dec. 10 to determine if the appeal will be accepted.

“We believe we have a compelling case,”

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