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Medical marijuana dispensary could soon be opening in Nipomo

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A medical marijuana dispensary could be opening in Nipomo soon, depending on what happens at the County Planning Commission meeting Thursday in San Luis Obispo.

Along the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County line, the area's only store-front medical marijuana dispensary may soon call Hutton Street in Nipomo it's home.

The proposed dispensary would be run by Ethnobotanica, a company which operates several mobile dispensaries in the state.

"The project does meet all the criteria in the ordinance, such as the 1,000 foot distance limitation from parks and schools. So based on that, it's compliance with the ordinance, we are going to recommend approval," said project manger Arlin Singewald.

However, Singewald admits, others are hesitant of the dispensary.

"The County Sheriff's Department has shared public safety concerns with the proposal," said Singewald.

Also, the South County Advisory Council decided not to support the project back in February. When questioned by KSBY on Wednesday, no nearby business  owner would go on record to share their opinions.

The commentary on KSBY's Facebook page revealed a mixed bag.

Geoff R. wrote, "The property fits every regulation that the county has in regards to cannabis businesses. There is no logical reason that the Planning Commission should vote against it."

Larry B. commented, "Absolutely against it. It would be a disaster waiting to happen."

If the Planning Commission approves the dispensary, the decision can be brought to the County Board of Supervisors for appeal within two weeks. Even so, the attorney for Ethnobotanica, Louis Koory, says he is confident they'll get a green light.

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