City of South Lake Tahoe announces top 3 applicants for retail cannabis licenses |

City of South Lake Tahoe announces top 3 applicants for retail cannabis licenses

In this April 20, 2017, file photo, a packet of marijuana is seen on the counter at CannaDaddy's Wellness Center marijuana dispensary in Portland, Ore. Three years after Oregon lawmakers created the state's new legal marijuana program, marijuana prices in the state are in free fall and the craft cannabis farmers who put Oregon on the map decades before legalization are losing their businesses to emerging chains and out-of-state investors.
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A special committee has released the scoring for 18 businesses that applied for a retail cannabis license — a critical step in the establishment of additional legal cannabis businesses in the city.

The committee relied on a scoring rubric approved by City Council earlier this year. It took into account a multitude of factors, such as whether the applicant was local and the amount of experience in the cannabis industry, among others.

The top three scoring recreational applicants were Embarc Tahoe (97.7), Cannablue (91.8) and Tahoe Green (90.7). A total of 100 points were possible.

Under an ordinance approved earlier this year, the city is able to issue two retail licenses, two cultivation licenses and two microbusiness licenses — a special type of license that allows for multiple uses such as retail, cultivation and distribution.

However, the city decided to allow for up to two additional retail licenses if the microbusiness applicants did not include a retail component.

Only two microbusiness applications were submitted to the city, and one of them did not include retail, making one additional retail license available for a total of three.

The city received a total of 21 cannabis applications — 18 for retail, two for microbusiness and one for cultivation.

The two microbusiness applications were submitted by Redefining Organics (89.9) and Perfect Union (84.5).

Redefining Organics also applied for the only cultivation license. However, it used the same address for both applications, so presumably the cultivation license will be withdrawn since cultivation can be done with microbusiness license.

The top three retail applications came from Christy Wilson (Embarc Tahoe), Chris Zeigler (Cannablue) and David Turner (Tahoe Green). Wilson and Turner served on a subcommittee tasked with making regulatory suggestions to City Council.

Oliver Starr submitted the application for Redefining Organics and Scott Spears submitted the application for Perfect Union.

Currently Tahoe Wellness Cooperative is the only legally operating cannabis business in South Lake Tahoe.

The city will begin negotiating the terms of a development agreement with the top three retail cannabis applicants and the two microbusiness applicants. According to the city, licenses could be issued this fall.



Rank Applicant Address Score

1 Embarc Tahoe 4035 Lake Tahoe Blvd 97.7
2 Cannablue 2179 Lake Tahoe Blvd 91.8
3 Tahoe Green 3930 Lake Tahoe Blvd 90.7
4 Have A Heart 989 Third St 87.9
5 MedMen 2311 Lake Tahoe Blvd 86.3
6 Honey Leaf 3678 Lake Tahoe Blvd 84.3
7 Stay Lifted 941 Emerald Bay Road 82.8
8 Element 7 2318 Lake Tahoe Blvd 82.8
9 The Green Goddess 2635 Lake Tahoe Blvd 82.4
10 Diego Pellicer 1169 Ski Run Blvd 78
11 Canna Nation 3979 Lake Tahoe Blvd 75.8
12 One Plant 3665 Tamarack 75.3
13 Kind Life 2701 Lake Tahoe Blvd 74.4
14 South Tahoe Wellness 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd 74.1
15 South Tahoe Cannabis 947 Poplar Street 73.5
16 Norcal Cannabis Co. 2701 Lake Tahoe Blvd. 67
17 TREZ Lake Tahoe 765 Emerald Bay Road 61.2
18 The New Green Deal 986 Emerald Bay Road 37.0


Rank Applicant Address Score

1 Redefining Organics 1090 Industrial Ave 89.9
2 Perfect Union 2227 James Ave 84.5


Rank Applicant Address Score

1 Redefining Organics 1090 Industrial Ave 87.7

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