Two apply for medical marijuana dispensary permit

medicalmjThe Mammoth Lakes Police Department has received two applications for a permit to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in the Town of Mammoth.

Voters had approved an ordinance that allows two dispensaries in Town with guidelines on where they can be located.  Initially, the Planning Commission did grant permits to Steve Klassen and to Robert Calvert.  When the US Attorney’s Office launched a crackdown on dispensaries in California, Klassen eventually chose to close his dispensary.  Calvert’s Mammoth Lakes Wellness remains open.

Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson asked the Town Council to consider a moratorium on issuing the second, available permit to allow some of the legal controversies to resolve. Even though California legalized medical marijuana, the federal government did not. Several court cases are pending. However, the Town Council chose to support the vote of the people of Mammoth and make the permit available.

The application process closed last week.  Chief Watson said two people applied – Don Wright, Jr. of Mammoth Lakes and David Mogg of Lancaster.  The Chief explained that his department determines if an application meets the requirements of the ordinance.  If they do, they go on to the Planning Commission, who decides which applicant will get the one available permit.

The review and decision could take a few weeks, according to the Chief.


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30 Responses to Two apply for medical marijuana dispensary permit

  1. Jeremiah July 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I’ll throw my two cents in this.
    Oh the federal Gov’t, what a bunch of winners right?
    I mean we live in a time where you can buy high powered assualt rifles and extended clips and listen to our congressman act like there is nothing they can do about it, and on the other hand we have people fighting to get there medicine. The Gov’t would rather you buy there (FDA Approved) medication even if STROKE, BLOOD CLOTS, and DEATH is a possible side effect.

    • Trouble July 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

      Medical, come on just say you enjoy it more than getting drunk. I say approve them both if they pay their taxes.

    • Big AL July 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

      High powered assault rifles and extended “mags”. In California now .. you can’t lawfully possess extended mags or even a weapon capable of holding a detachable magazine with the capability to hold more than 10 rounds.

      Um .. so far I have not seen the federal govt. offer FDA approved pot, I might be wrong. In California though .. it is legal to buy and posses medicinal marijuana for personal use for the purpose of personal medical use.

      Chief Watson is right though .. there are issues that need to be resolved, one of them being .. the division oh how govt. views it, such as is the case with how the feds.. see it and the state and local govt.s see it.

      • Jeremiah July 25, 2012 at 9:21 am #

        Yeah you cant lawfully have them but how hard is it to go to Nevada and get the more dangorous fireworks? its very similar with guns.

        No matter what the FDA approved or not its all a scam to buy there meds.

        For most it is a extra curricular activity, but for others it is a proven medicine that doesnt have the warning label that should be strongly considered.

        It should be resolved soon cause it continues to be a waste of the resources we all take for granted. What I mean is how some think that is doing good to continue to criminalize marijuana. A wasted effort.

      • Jerry C. July 25, 2012 at 9:51 am #

        Big Al. I know this is off topic…
        FYI: You CAN possess “extended mags” (20rd, 30rd, 100rd, etc.), you just can’t buy them, transport them across state lines (into CA), or manufacture them. Some people have owned these “normal capacity” mags before the ban was in place and it’s perfectly legal to possess them. A magazine isn’t a weapon.

        Also, you CAN possess (& legally buy) a weapon capable of holding a detachable magazine that holds more than 10 rounds. I know, the laws are convoluted (most of the time), and sometimes hard to understand. But the info is out there for those who need to know.

        Jeremiah – thanks for the 2 cents. You’re kind of on the right track (a little off it though). There’s nothing wrong with arming yourself – or smoking weed. Non-felons should have the right to do BOTH. Remember, we all have the right to “Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” as well as the right to “keep and bear arms.”

        So… lock and load my friends, and light up a spliff. This is what makes America great!!!

        p.s. I don’t smoke, but you won’t find me forcing my ideals (or supporting crazy legislation) on to anyone that does.

        • Here we go again July 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

          An anti-gun control posting!
          Here we go again.
          Off to the races we go.

          • Jerry C. July 26, 2012 at 8:35 am #

            Yikes! another Troll!

        • Wayne Deja July 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

          Good ideas there……Smoke some pot,get all high,jump behind the wheel of your vehicle (if you can find the keys),and drive out to the desert with some firearms and start blasting away !!!….and be sure to take along a few friends….and a bong.

          • Jerry C. July 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

            Well Wayne,

            I don’t really smoke the sweet leaf, but your scenario sounds a hell of a lot better than sitting around the house making phone calls to the County – causing problems for a long established business. HAHA!

            Know anyone who does that?

            Oh, and by the way… you can’t really drive out to the desert anymore.

            …“Friends” of the Inyo closed all the roads.

          • Wayne Deja July 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

            Jerry C…..Your comment reminds me of something you’d hear on FOX NEWS regarding how President Obama is trying to get the Fed’s to come crashing into homes and seizing everybody’s guns….There are plenty of places you can drive to and into the desert…and if the sled-dog torture….errrr…business is so established and doing so well,no reason to not put back a little of the money he’s making into the business and building some humane pens for those poor dogs before their collars become embeded in their necks.

          • Big AL July 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

            wow Wayne you say that with such authority on the subject lol .. former smoker drinker partyer? .. hehe

        • Big AL July 25, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

          I hear ya Jerry, I understood what he was saying .. but in this state you really are not free to have a lot of things now days. Yes the laws are very convoluted, and very much subject to opinion whether or not you are illegal or not in owning certain types of weapons. Pre ban weapons have to be registered you’re right, and yes .. you can not buy these weapons that are on the ban list, and posses them or bring them into the state to own.

          I never stated magazines were a weapon.

          • Wayne Deja July 27, 2012 at 11:41 am #

            Big Al….true,true,and true.

  2. Eamon McNamara July 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    I wonder why the MLPD reviews the applications to see if they meet the requirements of the ordinance yet the MLPD has asked for a moratorium against more “wellness centers?” It’s common knowledge that police unions have been whole-heartily against the legalization of God’s plant.

    • Trouble July 25, 2012 at 6:35 am #

      Eamon- the police up here have little else to do.

  3. Alex July 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    Let “JR” Don Wright get this permit and take care of the patients in the Eastern Sierra…ya ya I know a majority of folks get a medicinal card that don’t actually need it but that is a system failure that is another problem…plenty of REAL people depend on this for a better quality of life when they are terminally ill or have a certain condition or disease… I know for a fact it would be much better to let a gentlemen who was born and raised in the community help take care of the diagnosed residents that he probably knows in some way from growing up in such a tight knit small town…JR. cares about people more than he cares about his wallet…let actual Mono County friends take care of their own…maybe we should only sell to our own patients who reside here unless the severe case of emergency instead of “oh I forgot my medz down in SoCal bra”…sincerely appreciate JR’s effort to have a fair choice instead of some new resident monopoly?

  4. scared for mammoth July 25, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    Apparently another decision from the counsel based on money and not the overall good of the town. Did anyone hear the news yesterday? The City of Los Angeles just banned marijuana dispensaries due to the crimes and violence associated with them. Do we really want more or any in Mammoth?

    • sierragrl July 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      well, Mammoth has had dispenseries for the last year or two…what is the crime record relating to those two businesses? Wouldn’t that be more relevant then those of LA? Let’s hear from Chief Watson on that one…have we seen an increase in violent crime near the dispensery(ies)? how about burglary, have they been broken into? Other stores have been, multiple times. Has anyone been mugged leaving the stores? People want to know

  5. Trouble July 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    No matter how hard anyone tries to stop pot, booze or guns in this country , people will always find a way to find them.

    • Big AL July 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

      You’re right Trouble .. you can get anything you want at Alice’s restaurant.

      • Trouble July 27, 2012 at 6:04 am #


  6. tj July 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    the marijuana pill has the same medical effect with out the ‘high’.

    • Benett Kessler July 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

      You might want to research that. I have been told by scientific sources that there are elements in the actual marijuana
      that do not exist in the pills.
      Benett Kessler

      • vince Townsend July 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

        marijuana has anti-Tumor/Cancer properties and is totally Natural 🙂

    • Trouble July 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

      TJ- what’s wrong with people feeling good/high?

  7. small town girl July 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Go JR! totally will support you!

    • Wayne Deja July 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

      …and then we will see if the BIG boy Fed’s support him too…..

  8. vince Townsend July 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    I still plan to open my own medical marijuana dispensary on our Bishop Tribal Rezervation 🙂 Today I’m working on the Paiute Gaming Commission, Tomorrow I will be Tribal Chairman, then I can Implement my agenda of providing this Natural Medicine to All of Tecoshola’s People who need and want it, that is the way it will be 🙂

    • vince Townsend July 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

      Aho 🙂

    • Trouble July 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

      Vince- I hope you do open one in Bishop ,even thou I don’t plan on smoking it again. But I have to ask you, don’t you feel silly having to fight this battle as a medical issue only? Also, don’t you think it should as legal as drinking a beer or smoking a cigarette?


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