UNION CITY — For the first time in its history, Union City’s council signaled it will allow a medical marijuana business to operate within its borders.
At its meeting Tuesday, the council voted 3-1, with Councilman Gary Singh dissenting, to say it intends to grant a permit to Eden Campus Holdings, owned by Soufyan Abouahmed and Shareef El-Sissi. A final vote of approval will still be required in the coming months.
Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci recused herself because of a conflict of interest; the warehouse building Eden wants to use is owned by a client of her tax preparation business.
Eden, which already operates a medical marijuana dispensary in unincorporated Hayward, wants to open a 12,000-square-foot facility in a warehouse at 30540 Union City Blvd. The business will include a retail dispensary, as well as space for growing, manufacturing and distribution, according to a city staff report.
The council also voted 4-1 to hold off for now on letting a second marijuana business move forward in the permitting process after speakers raised concerns about parking and location. Dutra-Vernaci participated in that vote, and