Midway Area Gets a “Legal” Pot Dispensary

by on March 25, 2015 · 6 comments

in Civil Rights, Culture, Environment, Health, History, Media, Ocean Beach, Politics, San Diego

Midway pot shop 3452 HancockThe Point Loma Peninsula has a pot shop! The San Diego Planning Commission on March 19th voted 4 to 2 to approve a medical marijuana dispensary in the Midway area of the Point.

The Point Loma Patients Cooperative is the 4th such dispensary to be allowed under San Diego’s stringent requirements. It’s located at 3452 Hancock Street.

The other dispensaries allowed include an Otay Mesa storefront that just opened last week, and 2 more – one in San Ysidro and the other in Kearny Mesa. Both are are expected to open this spring. Allegedly, the City is supposed to allow a total of 36 dispensaries within city boundaries.

The City Council in January voted 8 to 1 in favor of finalizing the regulations that are required of medical weed storefronts in the City. (District 2 rep Zapf was the lone dissenter.) The City ordinance  allows a maximum of four dispensaries in each of the city’s nine council districts. And importantly, the ordinance prohibits dispensaries from locating within 1,000 feet of each other, as well as schools and churches, etc.

The vote for approval of the Midway shop had been delayed as it was originally to obtain its authorization on the 12th of March. But the Planning Commission had issues on parking and patient access to the storefront.  Adam Knopf, the applicant, came back on the 19th with design changes that apparently met the okay of the majority.

Even though City staff believed the dispensary met city standards for sidewalks, parking and public access, 2 of the Commissioners, Susan Peerson and so-called “liberal” Theresa Quiroz voted against it out of their hypocritical expressed “concerns” for the patients. They voted against the storefront for the very patients who need it – all in the name of the patients.

The U-T San Diego article about this approval had a negative tone to it, as well, as if there hasn’t been enough bashing of medical marijuana shops. Because the Midway business was approved, it stated:

the approval hurts the chances of more than a dozen other proposed dispensaries seeking the four coveted slots in Council District 2.

As if the U-T actually cared about this issue – as they have been an opposition stalwart for years.

At any rate, patients in OB, Point Loma and area will have access to a “legal” medical store very soon.  Congrats!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Mercy Baron OB Mercy March 25, 2015 at 3:02 pm

YAY!

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dd March 25, 2015 at 3:22 pm

So will these legal shops be less expensive than the “not legal ones”?

Asking for a friend.

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PL Local March 27, 2015 at 10:06 am

LOL.

No. But, you have a much bigger selection. And you know what you are getting.

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Kandi Anderson March 25, 2015 at 4:18 pm

California has NEVER regulated their medicinal weed…. meaning that they are so unorganized, and will never be able to get it recreational legal until they can step up to the place and show that they handle the medicinal community first. At least Colorado knew what they were doing.

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Tyler March 25, 2015 at 9:05 pm

What are you talking about? CO benefited from learning the mistakes of the guinea pigs like CA. Legalizations chances have nothing to do with how the medical realm has played out. People will vote for it because it’s the right thing to do

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Point Loma Patients March 25, 2015 at 9:15 pm

OB-Point Loma, friends and family…we are stoked and honored to have received the go ahead from the city to be the ones to bring a better quality of life and hope to the Midway District. We are super excited about the up and coming year and looking forward in getting involved with the local community in many ways. We can’t wait to open in about 8 weeks LEED certified! Will be the first LEED project of its kind in the US as well as the world, as we know of today!!
Congratulations again Point Loma, OB and remember to Keep it Classy San Diego

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