Applicants file early for marijuana permits

Businesses are one step closer to growing their own marijuana in San Diego. The deadline to enter the lottery for those permits ended Wednesday afternoon. 

Bradley Fisher really has his hopes up. 

"I'm getting it," said Fisher. "I'll be one of the 40 forsure."  

He applied for two permits Wednesday so his client can start growing their own pot. He submitted his paperwork ahead of the lottery deadline, which gives him a better chance of getting that permit down the road. 

His client already has a warehouse set up for production. "They're able to grow it and bring it right to the dispensary," said Fisher. "They can make baked items as well, cookies, cakes the whole nine-yards, and it's all legit because they'll have permits for it."

But it's not a simple process. "They're gonna put like a mezzanine in the building, in the warehouse, ovens, and stuff like that, tons of lights," said Fisher. "Electric is going to be off the hook; water is going up there. It's very costly, but then again its very beneficial."

The city is now reviewing those applications to make sure they meet their demands. 

"To make the cultivation center you need to be 1,000 feet from any schools, any churches, daycares, parks."

Applicants can still apply for appointments Thursday even if they weren't part of the lottery. The city hopes to have all 40 permits approved by spring or summer 2018. For more information, click here.

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