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Plans for Livermore marijuana farm moving forward

Environmental review process open for public comment until Jan. 24

Pastoral fields just outside Livermore could sprout the Tri-Valley’s first legal marijuana farm, should officials approve plans to build a greenhouse and cultivation facilities on a 98-acre property in unincorporated Alameda County.

According to public records from Alameda County, Oasis Venture is seeking to construct a 32,000-square-foot greenhouse at 7033 Morgan Territory Road, about six miles outside downtown Livermore and several miles north of Las Positas College, with approximately 22,000 square feet of cannabis canopy, a 5,040-square-foot processing building with rooms for drying, trimming, storage, maintenance and office space, and 26 parking spaces. There is also a private residence on site currently occupied by long-time Livermore resident and Oasis founder Chuk Campos.

No retail sales or production of concentrates or extracts would be allowed at the site, which would be limited to growing and processing cannabis plants. Campos said so far 22 people are slated to work at the site but, according to county records, that number could grow to 30.

Documents state that if the project is approved, Oasis would be required to install video surveillance, motion-sensor lights, an 8-foot-high fence around the cultivation site, and have at least one security guard present at all times.

The company would also use “highly efficient electronic air purification systems” that reduce bacterial and microbial contaminants to mitigate odors. An on-site septic system with a 5,000-gallon sludge tank would also be added, and sludge would be hauled off-site each week.

Oasis applied for a cannabis cultivation permit in 2017 but was rejected by the Alameda County Community Development Agency. Complaints about potential odors and other concerns from neighbors had slowed the project down but Campos told the Weekly that “it’s never really stopped at all.”

“The county's done a fine job pulling this forward but sometimes the conservative approach makes some of us involved impatient but we understand,” Campos said. “It feels like nothing's happening but everything takes time.”

The company has raised eyebrows before among locals but made headlines more recently when Campos’ business partner Andrey Kukushkin was indicted in October on federal charges of conspiring to disguise contributions of $10,000 each to two candidates running for Nevada state office from an unnamed Russian businessman who sought to obtain licenses from cannabis businesses. Federal law prohibits campaign donations from foreign nationals. Kukushkin is still involved with the project, at least for the moment.

“I really don't want to comment about him but he has not been found guilty of any crime at this point so, yes, he is still involved,” Campos said. “Should he be found guilty, he's pledged to remove himself from the project.”

Campos said that groundbreaking could start later this spring and take four to five months to complete, if county officials greenlight the plan.

Residents have until Jan. 24 to weigh in on the project's the environmental impact report, which is available on the county website. Comments can be submitted to Sonia Urzua at the Alameda County Planning Department, 224 West Winton Ave., Suite 111, Hayward, CA 94544, or via email: sonia.urzua@acgov.org.

Julia Baum is a staff writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. Reach her at jbaum@pleasantonweekly.com or 925-600-0840, ext. 111.

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4 people like this
Posted by Spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jan 7, 2020 at 12:35 pm

The Russians? Possible direct wholesale purchase outlet (just kidding) and a sludge tank. All sounds like fun!


9 people like this
Posted by Karl
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 7, 2020 at 2:41 pm

Hope they have high fences and good security.

Out entitled middle schoolers who vandalize our schools will have a new target to entertain themselves.


17 people like this
Posted by Kiko
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 7, 2020 at 8:16 pm

You do know that "pot" sales are not at the level that was expected because the "state" set the tax rate so high that everyone just kept buying from the "underground economy" where the product is much cheaper? I'll bet much of this harvest is slated to out the back door to the black market.


4 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 7, 2020 at 8:20 pm

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

Murder Mountain.
All the drug war efforts......for not, make it legal and they can’t afford to survive as a regulated entity.

The illegal sales in other states are all they are holding onto.


25 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 7, 2020 at 9:29 pm

There will be more pot heads running around, driving under the influence, killing more innocent people.

Hopefully, the illegal purchasers of illegal pot will kill themselves with the bad dope, before they kill more innocent people.

Mean while, we have the legal pot heads purchasing the legal pot, getting high and driving, killing more innocent people.

The democratic party is responsible for this chaos and lawlessness.


22 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2020 at 9:10 am

Michael Austin, would you apply everything you said to alcohol? That has been more than proven to be more dangerous than marijuana, especially for people behind the wheel.

I hope you are not one of those who attacks pot non-stop, while sipping a Martini.


17 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 8, 2020 at 11:14 am

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUANCE!!!
Be it pot, alcohol, drugs or any of the other junk out there!!!


17 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 8, 2020 at 11:30 am

resident:
Are you pot head?


15 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2020 at 11:43 am

Does it matter? I have tried, don't smoke it currently, as I don't like anything on my lungs. I drink some wine on Fridays and Saturdays, and the very occasional edible used as a sleep aide. I agree on DUI, but I very much disagree on people that bash marijuana, and yet drink alcohol. It is, to me, flat out hypocrisy.


17 people like this
Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 8, 2020 at 11:13 pm

Jake Waters is a registered user.

This is a sad commentary of life, and I would expect more comments of concern; however, this article isn’t about Costco, it’s about dope. Is this the legacy we want for our generations now and those to come? Has our liberals in this state given up and given in to dollars? Or does it also provide our state Democrats with more dumbed down voters? We are going to lose a generation of young people to this problem. Read, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence,” by Alex Berenson, and then we can attempt to have an intelligent conversation. And you morons who cling to your alcohol comparison every time this subject comes up are just that: morons.


11 people like this
Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2020 at 5:11 am

People under the influence of alcohol are generally way more aggressive than those smoking mary j. If your against pot that you should be ten times against alcohol. If you drink alcohol than you should probably not comment on pot users because they are by far more dangerous even behind the wheel. Now let's talk about those on the road who are neither on alcohol or pot but simply dont have the skills to be a safe driver. These people also endanger us on the road. One a daily basis I have to avoid accidents from careless clueless. Skillless drivers. If you dont know what a gore point or line is you should not have a drivers license......after all they were created for people who dont have tje skill or judgement to merge safely. I thi k the fact we felt like we needed these to help these poor drivers proves my point.


12 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2020 at 5:19 am

@ Jake Waters:
You should start a crusade against all that then. But DO include alcohol in the rant.


13 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 9, 2020 at 11:25 am

My in-laws live in Jacksonville Oregon, just West of Medford. Marijuana fields surround the town (along with some good wineries) and the town stinks if the wind is just right. I liken it to living in Milpitas when the wind blows over the dumps and the smell wafts over the entire city. Ugh.

Only our California legislature, made up of primarily Democrats, can screw up a revenue gold mine like marijuana sales. It kinda reminds me when Grey Davis screwed up the energy situation by "privatizing" delivery services. Wasn't even close to privatizing anything.

Dan


15 people like this
Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 9, 2020 at 3:54 pm

The discussion on this topic , is ridiculous. Marijuana has cured many diseases, anxiety, opioid addiction, mental illness , cancer etc. I’m no doctor but skeletal and joints as we age suffer from arthritis, bursitis, inflammation, and the top factor stress. Everyone is getting the flower from somewhere, and as stated in the plans this isn’t a dispensary, it’s basically a plant that manufactures strains that are in demand . Livermore is a perfect community for this . Why not agriculture is on just about every acre in our City. It’s no different then growing grapes l I don’t see any grapes being grown for jelly, or grape juice , we use it to attract the wine consumer and nobody asks the community how we feel about fermenting and producing wine from 60 wineries just in Livermore. This next generation is not wake and bakers” this opportunity could be a lifetime career for our college students that are interested in agriculture, science, and or a cure for disease we face every day. 30 jobs or more is much needed , as the average family is commuting to the Silicon Valley or further. We really need to focus on the millions this idea could produce . And stop building more homes . Hey Campos you need a partner ?

Good luck on your. Investment


15 people like this
Posted by Vic-tah
a resident of Mission Park
on Jan 9, 2020 at 4:07 pm

I've indulged -- regularly -- for over 50 years. Don't care for wine, beer, hard stuff. Find it relaxing, a social lubricant and except when I smoke when I have a cold, harmless -- so far. This farm will be up in the hills and if they follow through, will be guarded 24-7, will have fences. There are virtually no houses up there, but even if there were, the smell, I find, is pleasant. It is LEGAL. NIMBYs should chill; this creates jobs, extends our agricultural heritage, complements our wine culture in the valley -- and many people like it. So there.


14 people like this
Posted by Truth
a resident of Avignon
on Jan 9, 2020 at 9:08 pm

No one has mentioned the crime that will ensue after this farm is active....other areas has proven the facts. To all those sheep that say weed is harmless just wait and see when this project goes live.


16 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 9, 2020 at 10:18 pm

"Marijuana has CURED many diseases, anxiety, opioid addiction, mental illness , cancer etc."

Emphasis mine.

Complete and utter BS!

You people will do and say anything to justify your affinity for skunk weed. Its as nasty as cigarettes and we all know it.

Dan


17 people like this
Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2020 at 5:16 am

Lots of crime associated with alcohol. Drunks usually get violent and aggressive stoners usually dont. The chances of you getting assaulted by a drunk is way higher than for stoners. Also crime exists everywhere for everything. Let's get rid of banks , liquor stores, cars, cash, jewelry, homes [no more home invasions] etc etc etc. I have a better idea how about we get rid of sanctuary cities and people and politicians who support them and eliminate some crimes. Hmmmmm then we dont have to spend our money and time criminalizing Americans law abiding behavior.
I too like the smell of fresh growing marijuana but can't stand the harsh nasty smell of curry.
Can we ban cooking with curry as its offensive to me and triggers me everytime I smell it. Or does that make me racist.....lmao
Snowflakes.


13 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 10, 2020 at 9:59 am

'I've got a GREAT idea! I'll just burn some plant, inhale the smoke, feel high, and it will cure ALL my ailments with absolutely NO side effects. Then, I'll project my habits on those who drink a glass of wine. That'll teach them how morally superior I am!'

...said every cigarette and pot smoker.

Dan




18 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 10, 2020 at 10:02 am

There are few things worse than debating a committed pot smoker. Only democrats and communists (but I repeat myself) are worse.

:)

Dan


8 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 10, 2020 at 12:26 pm

There are a lot of people in this town that should really start smoking pot, by the sound of the comments. The real sheep are the ones who fight it. BUT, you are dying off and moving away. Time is moving on without you, and you won't be missed.


7 people like this
Posted by Reality Bites
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 10, 2020 at 1:32 pm

@ Dan - you do know there are more ways to use marijuana than smoking it, right? Many people use edibles and oils to relieve pain, help with insomnia, arthritis, and other chronic illnesses where traditional pharmaceuticals have failed or become dangerously addictive.

Now that the laws are changing, actual peer reviewed studies are being conducted to prove the efficacy of marijuana for helping in many disease states.


10 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 10, 2020 at 1:58 pm

The CDB oil BS is similar to every vitamin claim ever made.

Please stop.

I’ll acknowledge that hemp is a viable commodity, but that isn’t the same as marijuana.

Bring on the studies, I’m all for them, but stop with the hype.

And for those of you who think I’m anti-pot, think again. I don’t care what you do in the privacy of your own home. Just stop with the “miracle cure” nonsense. It’s a weed and you’re inhaling combustibles into your lungs.

Dan

Dan


22 people like this
Posted by Kiko
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm

That's funny BILL...you can always tell when a liberal, lefty progressive, democrat posts something because they always want those that don't agree with them to die off or move away. I've heard that chant way too often. you guys need some fresh material.


16 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 10, 2020 at 5:35 pm

Growers and sellers of POT have full knowledge that their end product when used, has high probability that the end user may operate a motor vehicle under the influence of their product.

Therefore growers and sellers of the POT should shoulder the liability when a user of their product operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of their product and kills an innocent person.


6 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 10, 2020 at 6:16 pm

“Therefore growers and sellers of the POT should shoulder the liability when a user of their product operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of their product and kills an innocent person.”

I don’t agree. It’s almost like saying a gun manufacturer is responsible because some nut used a gun to kill someone. It’s a slippery slope.

Dan


8 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 10, 2020 at 6:19 pm

Kiko,

Exactly.

Dan


15 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 10, 2020 at 6:37 pm

OK, understand your comment.

The subjects compared POT to Alcohol.

Forty-three states of the fifty have a DRAM Law, for Alcohol, which allows bartenders, saloon owners be liable when one of their patrons over indulge due to continued serving from bartender.

California in one of those states of the fifty that has no real DRAM Law which prohibits bartender, saloon owner from being liable. Why, democratic majority rescinded the original California DRAM Law.


12 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 10, 2020 at 8:43 pm

Michael,

We Agree on DRAM.

Dan


22 people like this
Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 10, 2020 at 9:53 pm

The ignorance, stupidity, or the fear you may lose your right to get stoned is pathetic among many of you commenters. You know nothing of the history, research, or facts around this drug. You have never picked up a book to save your life. Marijuana hasn’t cured a damn thing except to destroy our young.

And again, for your morons who love to bring up alcohol every time there is a discussion about weed, you should wake up: legalization of another mind altering substance is not a debate.


6 people like this
Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2020 at 4:34 am

And every parent who produces a child should know that child most likely will at some time In Their life break the law or kill someone driving drunk therefore we should hold the parents responsible for what they created. Great logic.
or how about this we hire police officers so everytime a police officer kills someone we should pick one citizen to be responsible for the death. Or how about because as a society we let people drive cars and when they kill someone I think Michael and Dan should be held liable because they didn't try to stop people from driving cars. Or or or lol
You can eat edibles that have thc not just cbd so you don't have to smoke it. Get a clue or please just keep quiet your embarrassing your self.


14 people like this
Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 11, 2020 at 9:08 am

Let’s end the debate between alcohol and weed, and make all of you happy that march out to your backyards and smoke your dope (those who always have and those who couldn’t wait to have it legal), as your kids look out the window- let’s legalize heroin, meth, acid, and cocaine. Let’s do that and then all the Democrats who are Mayors, City Managers, and Chiefs Of Police can all rave how crime statistics have greatly fallen, because it’s all legal. The socialist District Attorney in San Francisco is on the move to do just that in their city. After all, perhaps that is why most of you are not upset that our southern border is unprotected. This way you get all your opioids, and other drugs entering on a regular bases. Look at the statistics in Colorado and the rise of psychosis among youth taken to the emergency room.

I am going to do everything in my power to still be here on earth in 10 years to read about the failed ideology of the left that invested their time and money in the rights of dope users. Society is becoming dumb down as they look out through their glassy red eyes from a blank stare.

Be careful what you wish for.


8 people like this
Posted by pope john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2020 at 9:22 pm

Must be a lot of POT heads in Pleasanton!

Pleasanton is A community of "decent God fearing families" raising children!

Comment by Wow indicates he was stoned on POT when he wrote!


11 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm

"I guess pot doesn't cure hate"

Scratch a Democrat, find a Brownshirt.


9 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 13, 2020 at 9:44 am

Wow,

How old are you?

Ignore.

Dan


4 people like this
Posted by zolli
a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 13, 2020 at 10:25 am

Lets see what happens when the cartels from South America, Russia & Mexico decide they want part of the action..... then we'll see what this is really about$$$$$$$


5 people like this
Posted by IJustWorkHere
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 13, 2020 at 12:34 pm

The REFER MADNESS on this board is insane! OK, Boomers... LOL


4 people like this
Posted by Karl
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Jan 13, 2020 at 2:45 pm

IJustWorkHere -

My guess would be it is not the boomers like me who are having fits over pot use. I would bet it's either people that are our parents' age or people of a later generation.

Boomers were raised in the "Age of Aquarius" - let it all hang out, etc.

I you one of "those young people snowflakes" or what?


6 people like this
Posted by Karl
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Jan 13, 2020 at 2:58 pm

Are you, not "I you"........

Sorry - my arthritis is acting up and I need to refill my medical pot prescription....

Far Out!

Groovy!

Oh WOW!


6 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 13, 2020 at 10:19 pm

Regrettably I'm a boomer.

And you kids still don't have a clue about your "magical weed".

I pity your supposed 'hipness' and stupidity.

On the plus side, you'll be easier to manipulate.

Dan


6 people like this
Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2020 at 5:53 am


When people tell me to do die I tell them to go die and I will help them if they like. Didn't see your response to others wanting people to die. Hmmmmmm
I would help salami or Hitler die would you? Not all life's matter.
But if you attack me I'll surely attack you. By the way me offering to help make the world a better place is called free speech.
Maybe you have heard of it. In surprised the mods allow you to try and stifle free speech. Off with your head.


5 people like this
Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2020 at 5:55 am

Dhsk. I'm older than you punk lol


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