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Cannabis growers commit to nearly 600,000 square feet

February 11, 2018 GMT

NEEDLES — A total of 594,363 square feet of cannabis cultivation projects have been approved the Needles City Council as of Jan. 23, 2018.

Rick Daniels, city manager, handed out a chart, during the city council meeting on Jan. 23, that stated the number of cannabis business that have been approved thus far.

According to the chart there are 25 cannabis businesses and 44 cultivation facilities (some cannabis businesses have more than one cultivation facility on their property).

According to the chart there are seven up and running cultivation facilities out of the 44 that were approved.

The status of the other cannabis businesses range from under construction, zone change, lot line adjustment to conditional use permit issued.

The cultivation facilities differ in size from 1,060 to 20,000 square feet while others, the bigger ones, come in at 48,304, 88,000 and 90,000 square feet.

There are three other ‘pending approval’ cannabis cultivation facilities; the total square footage for all three add up to 37,880.

In talking about electric power allocation, Daniels said, “Our charts have been updated and it indicates that, at this point and time, with all the cultivation sites that have been approved; of the 60 megawatts that we started with there are 20 megawatts still remaining to allocate to other businesses (non-cannabis). So we are in a very good power position in terms of electricity availability.”