REMINDER! WeHo’s Business License Commission to Discuss Cannabis Permit at Flaming Saddles Space

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West Hollywood’s Business License Commission is holding a public hearing meeting tonight, June 1, 2021, starting at 6 p.m. to discuss the application for Fanton Flower to open a cannabis consumption area (edibles-only) lounge at 8811 Santa Monica Boulevard, the former Flaming Saddles space. The business owners of the company Where Eagles Fly include Alexander Kardos, Enzo Rossi and actress Patricia Arquette.

A public hearing notice went up on the building located on the corner of Larrabee Street and Santa Monica Boulevard announcing the application to open Fanton Flower at what was originally the First National Bank of Sherman in the late 1920s.

The response to a cannabis lounge opening at the LGBT Rainbow district did not go over well with several members of the community who expressed they did not want/need a Cookies Melrose type business opening on Santa Monica Boulevard—Cookies Melrose is a cannabis dispensary that has been criticized for attracting crime to the City of West Hollywood.

A WEHO TIMES reader pointed to West Hollywood’s Cannabis Regulations 600-foot Buffer Map, which shows the former bank building location is shaded in yellow, indicating that cannabis use is not allowed at this location.

However, according to West Hollywood’s eTRAKiT, the online portal to the City’s permit system, Project #COA21-0007 is a request to an Exterior Remodel of Cultural Resource pertaining to 8811 Santa Monica Boulevard. The request was made May 5, 2021, and could indicate confidence that the application to open a cannabis dispensary at that location will be approved.

City Staff recommended a continuance of this item to June 29, 2021.

The West Hollywood City Council adopted a Cannabis Ordinance in 2017 allowing a handful of different cannabis business types to be licensed in the City of WeHo. Where Eagles Fly / Fanton Flower received a top ranking as an edible lounge.

The notice on the building states that those who challenge this item in court may be limited to raising only those issues raised at the Public Hearing described in this notice, or in the written correspondence delivered to the West Hollywood Business License Commission, via the Public Works Department at, or prior to the Public Hearing.

Those wishing to comment on the proposed Cannabis Business License Application may either call the meeting to provide comments via phone, or by submitting written comments to the Business License Commission Secretary, fkingi@weho.org, no later that 4 p.m. on Commission day (Tuesday, June 1, 2021, to be added to the Public Speaker List for the meeting). Commenters must include name, phone number from which they will be calling from if applicable, and which item they would like to speak on.

The meeting ID is: 975 1015 2531
Join the Zoom Meeting at: https://zoom.us/i/97510152531
Dial in phone number is: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID is: 95 1015 2531 (then press #)

Other cannabis items on tonight’s agenda are whether to award a a Legacy Cannabis Business License to Medmen and Zen in West Hollywood.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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