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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vince Townsend
vince Townsend
10 years ago

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… Read more »

vince Townsend
vince Townsend
10 years ago
Reply to  vince Townsend

Aho 🙂

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  vince Townsend

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… Read more »

small town girl
small town girl
10 years ago

Go JR! totally will support you!

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago

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

tj
tj
10 years ago

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

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  tj

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
vince Townsend
10 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

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

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  tj

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

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago

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
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

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

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

Yep!

scared for mammoth
scared for mammoth
10 years ago

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
sierragrl
10 years ago

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,… Read more »

Alex
Alex
10 years ago

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… Read more »

Eamon McNamara
Eamon McNamara
10 years ago

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
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  Eamon McNamara

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

Jeremiah
Jeremiah
10 years ago

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,… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  Jeremiah

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

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Jeremiah

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… Read more »

Jeremiah
Jeremiah
10 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

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,… Read more »

Jerry C.
Jerry C.
10 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

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… Read more »

Here we go again
Here we go again
10 years ago
Reply to  Jerry C.

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

Jerry C.
Jerry C.
10 years ago

Yikes! another Troll!

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago
Reply to  Jerry C.

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.
Jerry C.
10 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

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… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

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… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

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

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Jerry C.

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… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

Big Al….true,true,and true.