Oxnard in Ventura County California, is ready to begin the process of selecting marijuana retail businesses. The application window for marijuana retailers to open in the city will be closing this week on Friday at 4 p.m.
The original deadline had been in March for accepting applications but had been extended due to COVID-19 and were extended a second time due to a computer virus that hit the city.
Oxnard was expecting about 30 retailers to apply so far more than 40 applications have been received. The city expects to have about 50 by the end of the week.
According to Jeff Lamber, a community development director, about eight retailers will be selected. Eight retailers have been authorized although the City Council may be asked to authorize 10 or more.
“We want to make sure they’ve completed those plans, that it’s a company that can deliver and comply,” Lambert said.
The initial cost of the application is about $2,300. The total cost for the selected applicant is $5,500 plus an additional $7,300 for a special-use permit.
The retail dispensaries will likely be in commercial areas across the city and will not be located within 600 feet of schools, parks and day-care centers.