A court case last month possibly set the stage for a new cannabis dispensary in Richmond, the resurrection of an old fight to keep it out — or both.
Two Richmond dispensary owners were ordered to pay $5 million in damages for conspiring against a rival owner. On Sept. 23, a Contra Costa County jury found that William Koziol and Darrin Parle, who operate the Green Remedy Collective, had prevented a prospective dispensary, Richmond Compassionate Care Collective, from establishing a business in Richmond. The jury awarded $5 million in damages to RCCC.
The decision ends a legal battle that has stretched for more than five years, beginning before recreational cannabis use was legal in California. And it may have revived RCCC’s attempt to set up shop in Richmond, which many residents had opposed in the years leading up to the lawsuit.
RCCC’s owners are “going to make every effort to go back to the City Council and say that they were wrongfully deprived of their permit,” said Ron Foreman, who presented RCCC in the case.
Lina Velasco, community development director who manages cannabis permits for the city, declined to comment on RCCC’s potential to receive a permit.
RCCC filed the