Mammoth Police Department will accept dispensary permit applications

MLPD 3-23-10In April, the Mammoth Town Council decided not to impose a moratorium on permits for medical marijuana cooperatives in Town.  Officials reasoned that the voters of Mammoth had approved establishment of two dispensaries and that the Council should not alter that vote.  Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson had suggested the moratorium until the controversial medical marijuana issues were answered in various courts.  Since there is an available permit, the Chief has opened up the process for applications.

At the April Town Council meeting,  Clayton Bogen stood up to object to the moratorium.  He raised issues of no competition with just one dispensary.  He revealed that he stood ready to apply for the open dispensary permit.

Now, Chief  Watson has issued information on the permit process.  A police department press release said, “Applications are now being accepted for a permit to operate a Medical Marijuana Cooperative in Mammoth Lakes.  The Town’s Municipal Code authorizes up to two permits for Medical Marijuana Cooperatives and there is currently only one available permit.

Municipal Code Chapter 5.38 addresses the requirements and procedures for applying the permitting process.  Medical Marijuana Cooperatives may only be located in certain areas.  Potential applicants are encouraged to review Chapter 5.38 so that they have an understanding of the process and the acceptable locations.  Chapter 5.38 is available at

Applications may be picked up at the Police Station during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.  Completed applications must be turned in no later than 5 pm on Friday, July 16.  All completed applications will be processed and reviewed pursuant to Chapter 5.38.  Those applications deemed qualified by the Police Department will be submitted to the Town’s Community Development Department (CDD).

After the Police Department submits the qualified applicant(s) to the CDD, those qualified applicant(s) will then be required to submit an application for a use permit to the CDD for consideration by the Planning Commission.   A public hearing is required for Planning Commission consideration, which requires notification to be mailed to the properties within 300 feet of the proposed Medical Marijuana Cooperative location.  The Planning Commission will only be able to approve one qualified Medical Marijuana Cooperative consistent with the Municipal Code.

Please see the Medical Marijuana Cooperatives Fact Sheet for additional information regarding the permit process at”


, , , ,

21 Responses to Mammoth Police Department will accept dispensary permit applications

  1. Vince Townsend June 10, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    We need to open one up in Bishop 🙂

  2. Rob June 10, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    “Applications may be picked up at the Police Station”

    Are all business applications picked up at the Police Station?

    • Benett Kessler June 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm #


      I believe it is only dispensaries since the police department does have regulatory power and review of applicants.


  3. Wayne Deja June 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Vince Townsend….Yeah,right…And one in Wilkenson, one in Big Pine…one in Independence,one in Lone Pine, one in Cartago,one in Olancha…..Thing is Vince…..Inyo County…never happen….EVER.The “patients” in Inyo are just going to have to take the long drive to Mammoth to get their” medicine”….or keep doing what they’re doing.

    • Big AL June 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

      LOL Wayne … the long drive … maybe the dispensaries can start a delivery service? lol Like the friendly pharmacy.

      • wayback June 11, 2012 at 7:40 am #

        @Big Al

        maybe the dispensaries can start a delivery service? lol Like the friendly pharmacy.

        I think that already happened and don’t know what happened to Crosby the “420” delivery man. He might be delivering in prison somewhere. LOL

        • NewEra June 11, 2012 at 11:22 am #

          stop lying to yourselves, there is no real need for a dispensarie. its not hard to find Marijuana, to me its the question of do we want those that are genuinely sick to support the dealers on the street our bring the profits in a way that it dosent support more evil activity?
          obviously the cops cant be rid of it, but of course around here they take what they can get.
          fact of the matter is people will always be able to get it. legal or not.

          • NewEra June 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

            I take that back. people who are genuinely sick should be able to get their meds as easy as everybody else. whether it be marijuana, morphine, vicodin, viagra or valtrex LOL.
            Why should a healthy person be able to deny that from a sick person, maybe if the tables were turned it wouldnt be so hard to come to a decision.

          • Rob June 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

            The only reason for a dispensarie is so the owners can make a profit.

        • Big AL June 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm #


  4. cat June 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm #


    Sadly there is a city code prohibiting it. Good news is that case law has prevailed and the courts stated that dispensaries cannot be prohibited. Only catch was they stated the cannabis had to grow on sight.

    • NewDay June 11, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      There’s at least 2 new Inyo Board members coming on in January…3 city council seats in November up for grabs PLUS the one that Griffiths will vacate. City and county codes can change with the seats.

      • Wayne Deja June 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

        ..And I’m sure the two new Board members…and maybe three new city council members coming soon are going to put marijuana despensaries…and other marijuana issues as priority # 1…New Era says it best…If you want pot,it’s easy to find…and also when he says that those that are actually sick and truly need it should have legal access to it…Too bad all the others that seen it as a loop-hole to take advantage of ruined it for all of them.

  5. NewEra June 11, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    those that vote no to dispenseries dont realize there is probably a underground one going on within a mile radius dispensing the same product ileagally, except the profit is going to fund activity that is way more dangorous then THC consuming.

    They say not in my backyard, Little do they know.

  6. Dang 'em June 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    It’s them dang pot-smokin liberals stirring up trouble agin.

    • Big AL June 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      LOL .. yeah they always do eh Dang um?

  7. NewEra/Not Scared to say it June 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Hemp Can Transform Our Global Economy; 1. Hemp Can Be Used To Make Plastic Stronger Than Steel —- 2. Hemp Building Materials —- 3. Hemp can be used to make bio-degradable plastic; For example: —- 4. “The first use of hemp fibre dates well back into the mists of time and is one of the first plants known to have been cultivated. About 10,000 years ago, hemp industries appeared simultaneously in China and Eurasia for the production of a textile fibre. One of the oldest known relics of human industry is a trace of hemp fabric from about 8000BC in the “Cradle of Civilisation” at Catal Huyuk (Ancient Mesopotamia).” —- 5. “One important potential use for hemp is the production of paper. From 75 to 90 percent of all paper in the world was made with hemp fiber until 1883: the Gutenberg bible (15th century), Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (19th century) and just about everything in between was printed on hemp paper. An acre of hemp produces 4.1 times as much paper as an acre of trees. Hemp can also be harvested every year while trees take 20 years or more to grow to harvest. Since hemp builds topsoil, it can be grown on the same acre of land year after year. Many acres of forest could be saved by industrial cultivation of hemp for paper alone. Practical, inexpensive fire-resistant construction material, with excellent thermal and sound-insulating qualities, can be made by heating and compressing plant fibers to create strong construction paneling. This paneling could replace dry wall and plywood.”

    • Big AL June 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

      So if they put it in our bottles .. will it get us high … I don’t know about that .. I will get tested positive. lol

    • Wayne Deja June 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      Now there is an idea….legalize pot,and soon “hemp gerters” will replace the steel needed to improve the infrastructure in this Country…..and paper made out of weed….in turn,saving all the trees that won’t have to be cut down in order to produce that product,as well….as well as being an asset to building and home construction,cutting costs by using marijuana as a material for building.. instead of expensive paneling,drywall and plywood needed to construct a home or business.

      • Big AL June 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

        You can bet your bottom dollar Wayne, it will be pretty expensive, nothing will be cheap about it .. think about it .. it is green technology, organic. For example, look at how expensive it is to buy organic produce in the stores, or anything else organic and green.

        It’s like diesel fuel .. it used to be the cheapest fuel, because there was not that much money in it for the gas companies. Until all of the cars and light trucks started coming out with the option of a diesel engine.

        And Diesel is cheaper to make, than gasoline, less refined. As soon as the demand went up .. so did the prices.

        • Not Scared to say it June 18, 2012 at 8:18 am #

          Thats what they want us to think so we can convince ourselves not too, before we really know the true outcome!
          Anything to keep feeding these greedy corporations and institutions money has become priority to the top players, and your priority also when you vote for them.
          There has always been enough to go around on this part of the planet, it just dosent seem that way right now.
          GEE I WONDER WHY??

          its a top soil plant. and can be grown each year. unlike the trees we use for paper takes 30 years to grow back.


Leave a Reply