Planning commission to consider temporary facility for medical marijuana e-commerce start-up

A group that Colusa City staff is likening to the Amazon of the medical marijuana world is seeking to operate a temporary facility on Eighth Street in Colusa’s Riverfront District, and claims that it could immediately add between $10,000 and $30,000 per month to the city’s coffers.

“That would be three percent of their gross sales, or what they are actually paying to the city of Colusa,” Jesse Cain, city manager, said. “That would start in month one.”

This evening at 7 PM, the City of Colusa’s Planning Commission will consider whether to recommend that the City Council approve a development agreement with the company – Big Moon Sky – authorizing them to open the interim cannabis product distribution facility off of Main Street.

Cain said that Big Moon Sky is affiliated with the Triple Crown Growers project, proposed for the Riverbend Estates Subdivision of Colusa. Big Moon Sky would ultimately open a permanent facility at that location, should the Triple Crown Growers project come to fruition. For the time being, they are hoping to operate a medical marijuana packaging and distribution center out of a pair of trailers in the vacant lot across from ColUSA Made and the Tap Room on Eighth Street.

“We’re looking at putting them in an interim facility there,” said Cain. “We legally can’t get them into the area on Riverbend until it has gone through a rezoning process.”

Cain described Big Moon Sky’s operations as “e-commerce medical marijuana sales” but said that they would not be licensed as a dispensary. Instead, they will be licensed as a distributor.

“It’s strictly like Amazon.com. They will have couriers that deliver it, and it will be delivered to some distribution centers throughout the state. From there, it goes to the customers at some point,” Cain said. “We will not be allowing them to sell to customers within the city or county limits.”

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