paso robles water district
July 29, 2015
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will vote on a proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Nipomo, now that the county has received an appeal of the project.
Stephanie Kiel, the owner of Watsonville-based marijuana delivery service Ethnobotanica, is attempting to open a brick-and-mortar dispensary at 2122 Hutton Road near highways 101 and 166. The county planning commission approved the proposal on 3-1 vote at its July 9 meeting.
After the planning commission vote, Nipomo resident James Bigelow appealed the project. Bigelow gathered letters and signatures from other Nipomo residents opposed to the dispensary and submitted them as part of his appeal.
One of the letters opposing the project came from Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino.
San Luis Obispo attorney Lou Koory, who represents Ethnobotanica, said after the planning commission hearing that he expected to win on appeal.
All three previous applications for storefront dispensaries in unincorporated SLO County have gone before the board of supervisors. The board rejected each of the proposals.
Kiel’s plan calls for a seven-hour business day, opening at 11 a.m. seven days a week. After two years, county planners would reexamine the operation to determine if the business is meeting the conditions of its county use permit.
The board of supervisors is tentatively scheduled to vote on the dispensary plan on Oct. 6.