Cannabis Grow Facility to Move in Next Door to the Good News Rescue Mission

The Redding City Council voted Tuesday night 3-2 on allowing a cannabis cultivation business to move next door to the Good News Rescue Mission

Posted: Oct. 17, 2018 6:52 PM
Updated: Oct. 18, 2018 9:48 AM

REDDING, Calif - One by one dozens of people spoke out at the Redding City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Some for and others against the sale of a building on South Market Street.

That building would soon become a cannabis cultivation businesses just a short distance away from the Good News Rescue Mission.

"I walk down the street and it says a bridge to a new life," said a resident of the Good News Rescue Mission. "That's what I look at every day when I walk back from work and what this cultivation site goes there and it's going to be what a bridge to my old life." 

However, some have a different view on building. 

"Since when is it our responsibility as property owners and community members to maintain the sobriety of others to the point of stopping the sale of real property?" said the son of the property owners. 

People waited on the edge of their chairs as the council voted to allow the sale to move forward and allow Aleck Commercial Cultivation to move in.

"This is one of those times when you kind of wish you weren't on city council," said Francie Sullivan. "These are really gut-wrenching decisions but I don't see how we deny them the right to a customer." 

Members of the Good News Rescue Mission say they were dissapointed by the vote.

"It is no longer a safe place for them," said Jonathon Anderson, executive director of the Good News Rescue Mission. "They can no longer escape the very thing they are trying to escape. Its forced upon them and that's disappointing. You know we will always try to be the best neighbor we can for any business partner that's around us." 

Jeremy Aleck , the owner of the future cultivation site, wasn't at the meeting and the business broker wasn't available to speak.

In the end, the council admited that if they want to be a city that accepts cannabis businesses then they need to do just that regardless of neighboring emotions.

"They have a right to start a business in a place that is zoned for it," Sullivan said.

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