Medical Marijuana nursery rules

medicalmjThe Mammoth Planning and Economic Development Commission recently approved new guidelines for those who want to grow medical marijuana. The Commission supported the recommendation of their staff.

Associate Planner Jen Daugherty said that the Commission supported the policy that growers of medical marijuana must be physically and legally connected to an existing medical marijuana dispensary. The nursery would have to be located adjacent to the dispensary and be operated by the same person or company.

After Mammoth Lakes voters approved a medical marijuana ordinance and rules for the establishment of two dispensaries in Town, the then Planning Commission reasoned that a medical marijuana nursery could operate under the same regulations as any plant nursery.

With the intensified legal battles over medical marijuana dispensaries and ongoing court battles, regulations have tightened. Daugherty had earlier said if medical marijuana growers were allowed to be someone different from co-op operators, this would bring in a new level of bureaucratic scrutiny.

Mammoth Lakes Wellness has proposed to open a nursery in connection with its dispensary in Town. This proposal prompted the planning staff to examine the issue of nurseries.

As we had reported, in a related development, Don Wright, Jr. of Mammoth Lakes was granted the second permit for a medical marijuana dispensary and is in the process of re-opening the earlier co-op called Green Mammoth.

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9 Responses to Medical Marijuana nursery rules

  1. Conservatives and pot February 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    While I’m not a conservative, my understanding is that they are really rubbed the wrong way by the government dictating the sorts of choices we make regarding our personal lives. Conservatives on the whole oppose the ban of Trans fats both because they believe we should have the freedom to make the choice to consume whatever we want regardless of potential long term health effects and because the ban negatively affects businesses choices in a free market economy. They oppose public smoking bans again because it is a government infringement on the day to day choices that we have the right to make on our own.

    Why then do I rarely find a mainstream conservative (republican) who advocates for the legalization of marijuana? What logic separates marijuana from alcohol or tobacco in the conservative mind apart from current status quo?

    My question is brought on by a segment I saw on Fox News the other night. The anchor teased the segment with something like ” There are different sides on the issue of the legalization of marijuana, might a new study give weight to one side?”. After the break they revealed new statistics that long term (they cited 8 years) use of marijuana may be correlated with mental health issues. Now even if we instantly accept this study at face value, I wonder how this could possible be a game changer on the issue of legality.

  2. Jeremiah's stance February 21, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Florida is going crazy right now with Prescription pills and the little to no regulation of how it is prescribed to patients/addicts. Most of us have all seen those magazines on the street’s of Las Vegas, its the same in Florida where you go right next to the newspaper stands and grab a magazine that has only a listings of offices to where they can re-up. People are traveling out of state to go into Florida to get their legal heroin.
    It was on a series called Vanguard, a show that is on current tv, in case anybody was interested in seeing it for themselves.

    • Neocons and pot February 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      While some conservatives denounce judges they consider too liberal, many want to use the federal courts to fight against the health care law of 2010 and to overrule laws legalizing access to marijuana or assisted suicide.

      The groundbreaking marijuana legalization initiative that passed in Colorado and Washington won a majority of the vote even in El Paso county, home to Colorado Springs — the “Mecca” of Evangelical Christianity. There is a large military presence there as well; this county is reliably conservative. Romney won it by over 21 points.

      After all the ballots cast in El Paso county were tabulated, marijuana legalization passed there by about 10 votes. 141,698 people said “yes.” 141,686 said “no.”

      The outcome suggests that a fair share of Romney voters must have also voted for marijuana legalization, and a fair share of those voters must have been Evangelicals.

      The data suggests a dramatic shift in public opinion on marijuana legalization; the failure of current drug policy is today affirmed by cross-ideological consensus. Conservatives are most likely to favor maintaining the current regime, though I have met very few conservatives under 30 who are overtly hostile to marijuana legalization. Those who are opposed tend to be religious conservatives.

      • Big AL February 22, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

        That last comment is only speculation on your part.

  3. Trouble February 20, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    Isn’t it funny, it’s more legal to smoke pot than a cigarette now days. Who would thought?

    • Jeremiah's stance February 20, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      Yeah and the government happens to be the biggest drug pusher. . And by golly gee they don’t like it when you get your drugs elsewhere . . .

      • Government-hating February 20, 2013 at 11:56 am #

        Ah, yes.

        More never-ending hatred for the government.
        Over the past 30 years, conservatives have successfully branded anyone who supports raising taxes as a liberal.

        Now many on the right are trying to do the same with regard to government. In short, if a person supports a government program, that individual is not just a liberal but also a socialist.

        The result is that many Republicans have become hesitant to acknowledge one of the most basic obligations of elective office: Lawmakers are hired to run the government, not run away from it.

        It hasn’t always been this way, of course. Abraham Lincoln created the Agriculture Department. Teddy Roosevelt regulated the railroads. Dwight Eisenhower poured 45,000 miles of concrete and built the nation’s interstate highway system. No one in his right mind would believe any of them were socialists.


        • Mark February 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

          Hatred for the goverment comes from the value we get for a dollar when the government spends our money.

          If we were getting good value for our tax dollars we would really see some progress from raising taxes. Unfortunately that’s not the case.

          It truely is “Government gone wild”.

          • Bill February 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

            @ Mark

            Where were you when the Bush/Cheney administration was busy bankrupting the country with their WMD-less war on Iraq?


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