On Monday, 01/18/10, at 9:00 a.m. the Land Use Committee of the South County Advisory Committee will hear a presentation by an applicant for a 4000 square foot marijuana dispensary in Nipomo, at 425B N. Frontage Road.
If you are not familiar with the area, below are some photos below to help orient and identify the location:
This is the front door of the proposed dispensary. It is currently unoccupied in a large complex right off Frontage Road.
Here’s a view of the proposed dispensary and all the buildings adjacent, looking toward the east.
Immediately to the west is the business Statewide Safety and Signs
Facing immediately to the south, from the proposed location.
It is in the building essentially located at the corner of Frontage and Lindon
Looking north up Frontage Road.
Looking South down Frontage towards the Nipomo Swapmeet
The proposed dispensary is located less than 2/10 of a mile from the Nipomo Swapmeet.
You can read the entire application here. The pertinent data on the applicants, based on the application forms is:
Land Owner: Brent Gross, P.O. Box 222091 Carmel, CA 93922 (831) 626-1100
Applicant: Robert D. Brody, 662 Quail Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065 (213) 500-5624
The first meeting on Monday 01/18/10 is before the SCAC Land Use Committee. The full SCAC will hear the applicants’ petition on 01/25/10 at 6:30 p.m. Both hearings will be at the NCSD building at 148 S. Wilson, Nipomo, CA 93444. If you have an opinion about whether Nipomo is an appropriate location for a Marijuana dispensary you may want to attend one or both meetings and express your opinion.
Some considerations about marijuana dispensaries in San Luis Obispo County:
Just last week, Cal Coast News ran an article describing how one medical doctor has been accused by co-workers of writing medical marijuana recommendations for almost anyone who asked. Cal Coast has a plethora of other posts/articles on marijuana related issues and dispensaries in San Luis Obispo County. Do we want to bring those issues and potential similar events to Nipomo?
Regardless how you might feel about the propriety of current drug laws or marijuana’s legalization the real question for Nipomo residents is whether they feel that Nipomo is an appropriate place for such a marijuana dispensary. And, do we want to interject into Nipomo the kinds and types legal and other issues that will surely arise from such a dispensary? What benefits would such a dispensary bring to the community?
The real property owner Brent Gross, has a mailing address of Carmel Valley, over 166 miles away. The applicant, Robert D. Brody, lists his address as Los Angeles, CA, over 180 miles from Nipomo. Neither of these gentlemen appear to have any local ties to Nipomo. They do not live here, do not work here, do not send their children to school here, and probably don’t spend money either here or in our county. In short, one of them owns land upon which a vacant building stands. The other appears to want to make money running a marijuana dispensary.
Again, if you have an opinion about whether Nipomo is the appropriate location for a marijuana dispensary, you should plan to attend one or both of these meetings scheduled to hear presentations of this project and potentially listen to the applicant talk about this project. The first round of hearings (both dates) are before our local SCAC committee, at the NCSD building 148 S. Wilson, Nipomo, CA. They in turn will make recommendations to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Department. While there is no guarantee that Planning will follow the SCAC recommendations, Nipomo’s preferences and concerns certainly carry great weight with our local Supervisor, Katcho.