Medical marijuana dispensary permit not yet granted

medicalmjHeadlines in the LA Times Wednesday say “L.A. repeals its ban on pot stores.” So, once again LA has no law regulating dispensaries. The Town of Mammoth Lakes does have an ordinance on the books and has moved forward to grant a permit for the second of two dispensaries allowed in the town in spite of legal issues that still hang fire in the courts.

Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson said that his department is “close to finishing the review of applicants and making recommendations to the Planning Commission.” The Commissioners make the final decision.

In July, the Police Department confirmed that they had received two applications for the permit to operate a medical marijuana dispensary. The two applicants were Don Wright, Jr. of Mammoth Lakes and David Mogg from Lancaster. At that time, The Chief explained that his department determines if an application meets the requirements of the ordinance. If so, they move on to the Planning Commission which will grant the one available permit.

In light of all the court action and legal uncertainties about medical marijuana, Chief Watson had recommended a moratorium on the second dispensary, but the Town Council decided to go with the vote of the people to allow those pot stores.

In Los Angeles, the dispensary situation is far more political. Some officials have an eye on elections, a previously planned referendum to open dispensaries and their own re-elections.

The conflicts that Mammoth faces between state and federal law continue to plague all cities in California where the state supports legalization of medical marijuana but the federal government does not.



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7 Responses to Medical marijuana dispensary permit not yet granted

  1. Small town girl October 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    JR’s got my vote.

  2. john Delgado October 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    We seriously Neeed one in Bishop, there is a serious $$$ market for the green stuff here 🙂

  3. Wayne Deja October 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    john delgado…..Inyo County…..ain’t gonna happen…The “patients” got two choices….take the drive to Mammoth….or buy off the streets…

    • Mark October 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      You forgot option three Wayne,

      Grow your own.

      With a 99 plant permit you’ll have more marijuana then you’ll know what to do with.

      • Wayne Deja October 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

        Mark…Yeah,forgot about that one….another loop-hole in the medical marijuana law….plant up to 99 plants to relieve your “medical condition”…more than enough for yourself,as well as profit from your new found business venture… money……..and if things get slow,and business drops,due to lack of demand or the resession,you can always send your wife or girlfriend out to look for another job to bring more money into the house untill things pick up again.

        • Mark October 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

          Yeah that’s some loophole isn’t it? It’s a crazy World Wayne.

  4. Trouble October 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Bishop’s not smart enough to legalize it. They would rather drink their beer and wine ,while their kids go to jail for something less harmful.


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