South County council rejects pot shop plans
February 24, 2015
A South County advisory body declared Monday night that it does not support a Santa Cruz woman’s plan to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Nipomo. [Tribune]
The South County Advisory Council voted 9-2 against the project. However, the project does not need an endorsement from the advisory council in order to move forward.
The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission is expected to discuss the dispensary proposal in May, and the board of supervisors could ultimately rule on the project.
Stephanie Kiel, the owner of marijuana delivery service Ethnobotanica, is proposing to build a shop at 2122 Hutton Road in Nipomo. The location is near highways 101 and 166.
Kiel estimates the Nipomo dispensary would sell between $3 million and $8 million worth of marijuana a year, depending on whether or not a competing shop opens in the area. She is suggesting that the county adopt a 5 percent sales tax on marijuana.
On Monday, advisory council vice chair Harry Walls said he was impressed with the security element of Kiel’s plan. But, Proposition 215, California’s primary medical marijuana law, is not a proper way to regulate marijuana, Walls said.
Eight years ago, the county adopted an ordinance that allows marijuana dispensaries to open if they receive approval from local officials. Since adopting the ordinance, though, the county has rejected three applications for dispensaries and approved none.