The Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce recently requested the city to relocate its headquarters to the former Procter’s Jewlers building in downtown Fresno. Photo by Frank Lopez

published March 16, 2021 – 1:46 p.m.
Written by Frank Lopez

As the market for the city of Fresno’s legal cannabis industry approaches, peripheral companies are also working to open up.

The Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce has requested to relocate its headquarters to 1201 Fulton Street, where Procter’s former jewelers were located in downtown Fresno.

According to the city’s permitting website, the project description states that a small business accelerator will be built in addition to a cannabis testing lab, Triple E Lab.

“This and all other commercial cannabis business permit applications are being fully evaluated by the city,” said a letter from the City of Fresno’s Office of Cannabis Oversight. “One of the many criteria that will be assessed is the applicant’s neighborhood compatibility plan.”

The proposed site is 3,600 square feet and is currently boarded up and vacant, according to the approving website.

Triple E Lab is applying through the City of Fresno’s Social Justice Cannabis Program, which aims to examine the historical impact of federal and state drug control policies on low-income and colored communities.

Calls to the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce were not returned immediately.