Cannabis coming to Cullman?

Commission paves way for local farm to apply for medical licensing

County Commission hears information from the public. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Commission on Tuesday evening approved Resolution 2022-61, authorizing the operation of medical cannabis dispensing sites within unincorporated areas of the county.  

Joey Robertson from Wagon Trail Hemp Farm near Dodge City plans to move forward with applying to be one of five of the state’s integrated medical cannabis licensed facilities. Of those five facilities within the state, one must be awarded to a minority. On Sept. 1, 2022, the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission will begin accepting applications for licensing to be “an integrated facility or for a license as a cultivator processor, secure transporter, state testing laboratory or dispensary.” 

Expecting to provide “no less than 30 good-paying jobs,” Robertson said he will also be utilizing off-duty law enforcement on the farm.  

Speaking to the commissioners, resident Leonie Shaw took to the podium to discuss her concerns regarding the conditions on County Roads 151 and 154 in the Ryan’s Creek Baptist Church area. Shaw provided photographs and documentation on the state of the roads near her home which she attributes to heavy loads from trucking hauls along Smith Lake. County Engineer Bryan Cheatwood and Commissioner Garry Marchman addressed Shaw’s concerns and said they will be looking into solutions for the neighborhood.  

Dr. Robert Smith of Sound Mind TMS Therapy presented information to the commission on transcranial magnetic stimulation. More information is available at  

In the public comments portion of the meeting, the commission’s policy of only allowing two residents to speak to one issue was disregarded, and many former Cullman Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) workers, dissatisfied with the work environment under director Joyce Echols, aired their grievances to the commission.  

The commission recognized Good Hope students Breanna Arnold and Conner Clark for their accomplishments. The pair were named B.A.S.S. Nation High School Anglers of the Year earlier this summer.  

Additionally, Nona Moon was honored for her 31 years of volunteer work at the Sportsman Lake Wildflower Garden. 

The following resolutions were approved: 

  • Authorize Cullman County to join the State of Alabama and other local governments as participants in current and future opioid settlements and authorize Chairman Jeff Clemons to sign all related paperwork 
  • Tax abatement for Project Build in the amount of $500,309 
  • Airport to apply for FAA grant funding to design and perform environmental investigation of airport property for development 
  • Authorize Revenue Commissioner Barry Willingham to sign TransUnion Agreement for the Cullman County Revenue Office 
  • Authorize county engineer to sign and approve Adopt-A-Mile applications by Zelda Phillips for County Road 57 
  • Extending the lease agreement for two months with Warrior Tractor for a 2019 John Deere 624XlT wheel loader for the Road Department until Oct. 24, 2022, in the amount of $2,569.55 
  • Access plan for county roads associated with the Rock the South event 

Approved the following surpluses to be auctioned on GovDeals: 

  • 2018 GMC Sierra SLT 1500 pickup (Vin # 3GTU2NECSJG498270) from the sheriff’s office 
  • 2018 GMC Sierra pickup (Vin # 3GTU2NEC1JG286594) from the sheriff’s office 
  • 1987 AM General Hummer (Serial # 027690) from the OHV Park 
  • 1991 AM General Camouflage Hummer (Serial # 116760) from the Road Department 
  • 1986 AM General Model# M1038 Camouflage Hummer (Serial# 006965) from the OHV Park  
  • 2013 Yamaha Raptor 4-Wheeler 2WD (Vin # JY4AH32Y8DC010635) from the OHV Park 
  • 2011 Yamaha Raptor 350 2WD (Vin # JY4AH32Y0BC009248) from the OHV Park  
  • 2011 Yamaha Raptor 350 2WD (Vin # JY4AH32Y2BC008263} from the OHV Park  
  • 2010 Yamaha Raptor 350 2WD (Vin # JY4AH32Y3Ac008092) from the OHV Park  
  • 2012 Yamaha Raptor 350 2WD (Vin # JY4AH32Y2BC009249) from the OHV Park 
  • 2012 Yamaha Raptor 350 2WD (Vin # JY4AH32Y8DC010666) from the OHV Park 
  • 2013 Polaris Ranger 4X4 (Vin # 4XAWH50A0A0DE222787) from Sportsman Lake Park 
  • Lathe with bench (asset # 1352) from CARTS  
  • Diagnostic equipment (asset # 1466) from CARTS  
  • Drum lathe (assest # 1718) from CARTS 
  • ShapeSolar 8140 A/C service (asset # 1719) from CARTS 
  • Two tire balancer ARRA (asset # 2690 and 2691) from CARTS 

In other business, the following were approved: 

  • Purchase of a 2017 Ford Expedition from the Alabama Department of Transportation Equipment Bureau for the Safety Department in the amount of $25,350 and authorize Clemons to sign 
  • Purchase of a 2020 Peterbilt 367 from Ingram Equipment Company on Sourcewell contract for the Sanitation Department in the amount of $178,700 and authorize Clemons to sign all related paperwork 
  • Purchase of seven 30-yard containers on Sourcewell contract for the Sanitation Department in the amount of $46,403 and authorize Clemons to sign all related paperwork 
  • Purchase of eight 40-yard containers on Sourcewell contract for the Sanitation Department in the amount of $60,080 and authorize Clemons to sign all related paperwork 
  • Purchase of a 2015 Xpeditor front end loader engine from Nextran Truck Center for the Sanitation Department in the amount of $18,999.23 and authorize Clemons to sign all related paperwork 
  • Approve repair work at Animal Shelter to be completed by Craft and Associates in the amount of $13,969 to be reimbursed by the City of Cullman from insurance proceeds 
  • Correction to Item L from June 23, 2022 meeting to read approval for grant in the amount of $25,000 with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency for the 22 FIL Grant instead of Alabama Department of Public Health 
  • Proposed plat Pan Creek Estates, a minor subdivision containing 14 lots located off County Road 1725 
  • Bid #1400 for jail supplies-Reject all bids 
  • Award Bid #1401 for metal pipe to Twin Oaks Environmental, ADCO Pipe & Supply, LLC and Fallin Farms OBA Harvey Culvert (purchase will be based on vicinity and availability of materials) 
  • ShapeAward Bid #1402 for aggregate to Wiregrass Construction Company, Inc, Vulcan Materials Company, Whitaker Contracting and C.A. Langford Company, Inc. (purchase will be based on vicinity and availability of materials) 
  • Award Bid #1403 for modular steel bridge for OHV to Banner Industrial Construction, Inc 
  • Award Bid #1404 for gas and diesel to B&B Petroleum Products, LLC 
  • Award Bid #1357 ratify extension for lawn care and maintenance to Pro Lawn 

The next commission meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, with the work session beginning at 4 p.m. and the meeting following at 6. Meetings are held at the Cullman County Courthouse in the commission meeting room. 

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