by Robin Kemp

A company that sought to open a medical cannabis production facility in Ellenwood was not among those awarded licenses by the Georgia Medical Cannabis Commission on Saturday, July 24.

Out of 69 applicants, the commission granted two licenses for 100,000 square-foot facilities and four licenses for 50,000 square-foot facilities.

Ellenwood residents had voiced strong opposition to having another warehouse facility in their neighborhood. A zoning request was unanimously tabled 3-0 at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting until September 21.

Freedom Pharmacy Operations, LLC had sought a conditional use permit to develop 140,000 square feet for “warehousing, greenhouse, light manufacturing and mineral extraction” at 4550 Grant Road and Anvil Block Road in Southpark Industrial Park. The property is about 9.6 acres and is zoned heavy industrial. The Zoning Advisory Group had recommended approval with three conditions. However, the company submitted a letter agreeing to table the request “in order that the property can be posted according to the zoning procedures law, and the applicant has agreed to that tabling,” said Zoning Administrator Madolyn Spann.

The topic of warehouses and manufacturing encroaching on residential neighborhoods was also the topic of discussion at a candidate forum for BOC District 1 seat Saturday morning.

More to come.

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