By Crystal Havner
Special to the Sun-Gazette
FARMERSVILLE – Farmersville had been relegated to the sidelines while cannabis dispensaries and soon to be cultivators made Woodlake well over $100,000 in their first year of operation. But as of last Monday, March 11, the Farmersville City Council is getting in the game as they awarded their first cannabis dispensary permit to Token Farms. And other dispensaries are quickly coming up on the horizon.
The move came after the passage of Ordinance 489 last Monday, which leaves the number of dispensaries in the city up to the discretion of the council. City Manager Jennifer Gomez is also recommending that Platinum Connection, LLC and Valley Pure LLC be awarded permits at the next council meeting held on April, 22.
Throughout the evaluation process the City hired consultant HDL to review and process the applications. The process is now complete and four companies scored above 80% to be eligible for a permit. The final scores were: Token Farms (84,61%), Platinum Connection LLC (82.78%), Harvest of Farmersville LLC (81,85%) and Valley Pure (81.79%).
While scoring above 80%, Harvest of Farmersville still was not recommended for a permit due to their proposed location being out of the permitted zone.
“This has been an arduous process. The city council has had no part in this selection and Token Farms was recommended for the permit based on having the highest final score,” said Jennifer Gomez. “These are not fly by night companies. They have a lot of time and money invested.”
Gomez estimated that the application process has already cost the applicants $10,000.
“I hope residents can appreciate what these companies will bring to the community. Their success will be ours too. They have put in a lot of hard work and I think they will be a bonus for our community,” Mayor Greg Gomez said.
Brother and sister team George and Jennifer Mendonca, owners of Token Farms, addressed the council.
“Thanks to the council and staff,” said George Mendonca. “You guys did a good job during this process. We hope to be open before the end of the year.”
“I think we are going to be a great addition to Farmersville,” Jennifer said.
The council held a public hearing late last month on Feb. 25 to discuss the potential for unlimited amount of dispensaries and Farmersville resident Alice Lopez made her concerns known.
“You took agenda items out of order,” she said. “That caused the wait to be so long that some people left. And why would you say you were going to have a public hearing when you have already made up your mind?”