Cannabis manufacturer gets city approval

The Colusa City Council last week unanimously approved a developer agreement with RPTS Development LLC, who plans to build a cannabis manufacturing business at Colusa Industrial Properties. Groundwork has begun on two acres of land next to the Colusa County Business and Visitor Center on Davison Court, officials said. 

The property was previously scoped out by Cultivation Technologies, Inc, (CTI) one of the first companies to express interest in marijuana production in Colusa back in 2016. 

Colusa City Manager Jesse Cain said the development agreement with CTI had expired, which opened the door for this company to build at this location. 

“RPTS has actually bought the land and they own it now,” Cain said. 

City officials said they like this project better than the one proposed by CTI, in that RPTS will construct a marijuana growing facility that is 100 percent indoors. CTI, on the other hand, had proposed a outdoor greenhouse facility as part of their operations, Cain said. 

According to the development agreement, the city will receive 3 percent of the company’s gross receipts of marijuana sales for the next 10 years. 

Tom Schuster, a partner in the RPTS project, said the facility will be constructed in three phases, and will not include a dispensary for direct sale of marijuana to the public, nor will it be delivered directly to local residents. 

Cannabis will be manufactured at the site with no anticipated impacts on the community, and will be shipped out of the area, Schuster said. 

City officials said the Davison Court project is suitable and less impactful as other potential projects that could be allowed at Colusa Industrial Properties, and that the project would not be to the detriment of the health, safety, peace, morals, comfort and general welfare of anyone residing or working in the neighborhood.

The city council is expected to issue the company’s special use permit at their April 19 meeting. 

Compass Leaf, the cannabis company already under development at Davison Court, is building their operation directly behind the Business and Visitor Center on the remaining eight acres originally scoped out by CTI. ■