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Then There Were Two By Camas Frank

On Sept. 25 the City of Grover Beach decided on which two entities would be allowed to go forward with plans to open medicinal marijuana dispensaries within their municipal borders.
The number was moved down from four in previous decisions and exactly a dozen applications came in to be judged in a tiered rating system devised by City staff.

For more specifics on the points based criteria see the Coast News’, Sept. 21, 2017 issue.

Municipal borders do bear mentioning as visitors sometimes muddle the frontier between Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach. Their respective city councils have gone in for much different approaches. A day after their coastal brethren approved the sites for “brick and mortar” locations, the Arroyo Grande City Council approved an ordinance that allows for three permits to deliver medicinal and, in 2018, non-medicinal cannabis, within the City limits. Only one medicinal marijuana delivery permit is active currently.

As to future endeavors in a post- Proposition 64 state landscape, Arroyo Grande Mayor Pro Tem Tim Brown said, “Let Grover Beach take the risk and see how that goes.”

Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals said in reaction that the attitude was not unusual among other cities, but he felt the proactive approval process, with regulations enacted later on recreational use businesses would be a better fit for Grover.  Many cities in the state have gone first for outright bans and left the possibility of reform to later as a protection after the passage of California Proposition 64 in November 2016.

With the context firmly placed—drumroll—the two applicants given the green light in Grover Beach are The Monarch and The Natural Healing Center.Their planned addresses are at 239 South 3rd St. and 998 Huston St. respectively.

In their report to Council, Grover Beach staff believed Monarch would not disrupt or replace any current bussenesses, and noted that the six priniciples had experiance across five states with legal marijuana.

The location of the Healing Center in particular has drawn ire, however, from current tenants in the adjoining business center since the application was processed.

David Separzadeh, a Los Angeles-based entrprenuer has teamed up with Helios Dayspring, a SLO local, for the permit. After the Council meeting, Separzadeh told local media they hope to be open by year’s end and will feature educational facilities for their patients.

Should either of the applicants be unable to move forward, the City has alternates from their ‘Top Tier’ selections out of the seven which were discussed at the previous meeting.

The Milkman and 805 Beach Breaks applications were runners up in the year long process.

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