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July 29, 2015

med potThe 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.



  1. whatdouno says:

    I hate to break the news to you anti-marijuana folks, but every day 290 people are killed by FDA-approved prescription drugs, and that’s the conservative number published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
    That study, which is twelve years old — and drug deaths have risen considerably since then — documents 106,000 deaths per year from the “adverse effects” of FDA-approved prescription medications.
    In 2010 a total of 25,692 persons died of alcohol-induced causes, including accidental poisoning and disease from dependent use.
    According to one frequently cited study, a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint in order to be at risk of dying. Appears that our “grandchildren” are much better off with pot in their future.

    (8) 14 Total Votes - 11 up - 3 down
    • kayaknut says:

      Given the amount of federal. state and local debt they are going to have to attempt to pay off the might need the pot to help them forget about the $hit they are in.

      (8) 10 Total Votes - 9 up - 1 down
    • standingtall says:

      I hate to break it to you, but medicine is a practice, not an absolute. It helps and, as you stated, it may not. Marijuana also causes thousands of deaths a year. You let out that stat. There are people who medically need marijuana, but the issue is the thousands of people who really don’t need it and abuse it. Marijuana is used for one thing only…to get a buzz! I hope you don’t have grandchildren to make our world worse than it is.

      (0) 0 Total Votes - 0 up - 0 down
  2. Stunned says:

    Lots and lots of people die annually due to alcohol and more than that die from illegal drugs including this worshipped dope you call marijuana. There’s more TRACKED in one category than the other so we’ll soon find out the damages done when you release such a thing to the public. When your grandchildren began buying all they want….we as Americans will dread the day we opened that flood gate.

    On the other hand, it does have wonderful medicinal attributes and those that are sick ARE receiving it by the truckload. That gate doesn’t need to be opened as we see it delivered all over the county. Adding another head shop in poor little Nipomo will add fuel to that burning fire.

    (-18) 28 Total Votes - 5 up - 23 down
    • MaryMalone says:

      And how many people die annually due to cigarette smoking? Or from being obese?

      Weed is helpful for many folks who have conditions such as PTSD, joint pain, and pain from cancer.

      Don’t ban a useful drug because–as there will always be–there are people who cannot control their intake of the substance.

      (6) 18 Total Votes - 12 up - 6 down
      • kayaknut says:

        Haven’t we had, just here in SLO area, several fatal traffic accidents where the person responsible was under the influence of pot, which I’m sure we are not unique in this, and had their “card”? So shouldn’t we fix that problem with so called doctors running “card” services first before we open the door for even more of these types of drivers and accidents? Not sure the families of those killed by those impaired drivers would be so eager to increase the number of impaired drivers on the roads

        (-3) 15 Total Votes - 6 up - 9 down
        • kettle says:

          “several fatal traffic accidents where the person responsible was under the influence of pot”

          Feel free to link to these “several fatal traffic accidents under the influence of pot” But just link to the ones that were pot alone, because a booze DUI with some THC is hardly a new thing.

          (1) 5 Total Votes - 3 up - 2 down
          • kayaknut says:

            Don’t have the links but wasn’t there one near Cayucos, one near Cambria and one near Paso.

            (5) 7 Total Votes - 6 up - 1 down
            • catdude says:

              Those people had taken “spice”, an artificial “marijuana” concoction. Not the same at all. Check your “facts”.

              (1) 11 Total Votes - 6 up - 5 down
              • kayaknut says:

                I see thanks, I feel better now, So the families of those killed by impaired drivers on Jameson should feel better than those killed by drivers impaired on Coors, at least Jameson is better Alcohol.

                (1) 5 Total Votes - 3 up - 2 down
  3. black sheep says:

    Unfortunately, the only way a storefront is going to pass around here is if a bos has a hand in it. Adam hill and his cronies will shoot it down unless he’s the one putting it together, and word is he’s been tryin to partner up. Ethno, you got his number?

    (0) 8 Total Votes - 4 up - 4 down
  4. Jorge Estrada says:

    For those that meet the need and have their card, it should be available at any drug store.

    (28) 44 Total Votes - 36 up - 8 down
    • zaphod says:

      health food store , with the other herbal teas and remedies.

      (7) 25 Total Votes - 16 up - 9 down
    • Vagabond says:

      Agree, but the problem is the Feds still call it illegal and credit card companies and banks are scared to be a part of the transaction. The change needs to happen in DC.

      (12) 22 Total Votes - 17 up - 5 down
  5. abigchocoholic says:

    What a bunch of sad, closed minded hypocrites. The same people who drag behind society in giving women the right to vote, women the right to be Priests, blacks the right to integrate, gays the right to marry etc. And when they’re done trashing a harmless pot shop, they’ll all go retreat to their favorite bar or restaurant or living room chair and get their drunk high on.

    It’s so nice to have a liquor store on every corner and to be able to get high on liquor for under $5 isn’t it?

    (19) 43 Total Votes - 31 up - 12 down
    • black sheep says:

      not to mention at any gas station and wonder why hundrends of thousands die a year from dui.

      (13) 17 Total Votes - 15 up - 2 down
      • south says:

        This is what happens when they stopped teaching logic in high school. So Black Sheep, because hundreds of thousands die drinking, we should promote an additional drug that will also kill hundreds of thousands.

        (-8) 14 Total Votes - 3 up - 11 down
        • zaphod says:

          we should promote an additional drug that will give people a relatively harmless alternative to alcohol.
          . twenty shots of 151 rum can kill you no one knows how much pot it takes, so far nobody has been able to do it.

          (10) 14 Total Votes - 12 up - 2 down
        • black sheep says:

          speaking of high school, sounds like you may need to back, not that it would do much good as apparently they don’t teach logic. but while your there, you may want to do yourself a favor and look up some actual stats/facts.

          (1) 5 Total Votes - 3 up - 2 down

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