Atascadero planners approve dispensary

March 07, 2006

, San Luis Obispo Tribune

A new law that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary in the city got preliminary approval from the Planning Commission on Tuesday.

The commission voted 4-2 to recommend that the City Council approve the law. Members Gregory Slane and Bob Kelley dissented, and Tom Jones was absent.

The proposed law is expected to come before the council next month.

If approved, it would ban the business from operating within 1,000 feet of a school, church or park or within 250 feet of a residential zone.

The proposed law explicitly limits the number of dispensaries in the city to one.

A dispensary called Central Coast Compassionate Caregivers quietly opened in January, prompting the council to call for the creation of the new law.

The business is closed while the law is drafted. Owner Charles Lynch could apply for a conditional-use permit under the new ordinance.

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