by Eric Hughes
At the October 21 Grand Lake Neighbors meeting, we were pleased to host Josh Chase, the owner of the “Have A Heart” cannabis dispensary on Broadway in downtown Oakland. He is proposing to open another location at the former site of CVS Pharmacy, 3236 Lakeshore Avenue.
Here are some of the topics we discussed:
Josh is the 100% owner of ‘Oakland Cannabis Company,’ and owns 100% of ‘Have A Heart,’ too.
Although Josh started his business in Washington State in 2012, he was born and raised in Oakland and lives here now. He has been involved in the industry since 2009.
The public hearing on the Lakeshore location was on October 5 and residents within 300 feet of that location were notified. Some folks were concerned about the rather short 300 feet distance and the notice period but that’s in keeping with an Oakland policy set in 2018. City of Oakland approval for the project is expected by November 4.
The location on Lakeshore will be staffed from 7 am – 11 pm and open from 8 am – 10 pm seven days a week. Guards and cameras will be part of the security provided. Josh is planning for the location to open sometime in the Q2/Q3 2021 timeframe.
Josh is planning to help maintain the little park between his building and the “TJ’s” parking lot.
Greg Minor from the Oakland City Administrator’s office is reviewing the application
Most marketing for the new site will be via text, google adWords, and social media.
The October 21 meeting also included a presentation from Dave Brown, Supervisor Wilma Chan’s Chief of Staff, regarding the current status of the COVID-19 infection in Alameda County:
Visit Oakland provides similar information geared particularly for visitors from out of town. That information is available here.
The Grand Lake Neighbors group meets on the third Wednesday of each month beginning at 7 pm. As long as social distancing is required, the meetings will be held on Zoom. Follow them on Facebook to learn more.