The Turlock City Council on Tuesday denied an appeal from marijuana dispensary Perfect Union, which was seeking a variance from a sign ordinance so that they can let drivers know where their business is located. 

Perfect Union, located on Golden State Boulevard, has experienced lower-than-anticipated sales since opening over a year ago, and the company hoped the City would make an exception in its ordinance for dispensary signs to allow advertising along the busy road. 

The business submitted a variance application to the City in June 2021, requesting permission to deviate from standards set in the Turlock Municipal Code which prohibit standalone monument signs for cannabis companies. Dispensaries are only allowed to have one on-site wall sign which displays only their business name.

The dispensary currently has a mural on the front of its building depicting its name and removed an existing, unpermitted pole sign upon moving into the 2500 N. Golden State Blvd. in September 2020. Citing slumping sales and difficulty competing with Turlock’s other cannabis dispensary, which is located right off the freeway, Perfect Union requested the sign variance because their building is 113 feet back from the road and customers have difficulty finding the business. 

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