Recreational weed is now legal in California. So what does that mean?
Grover Beach is getting closer and closer to opening some of the first marijuana dispensaries in the county, but first it has to narrow down its field of contenders.
In July, 12 groups applied for the two available medical dispensary spots in the city.
A special city committee has since scored the applications to determine which will be placed on its “Eligibility Ranking List.” Those that got fewer than 80 points out of 100 were not included.
The scoring focused on business plans and principal experience.
The Grover Beach City Council will consider the remaining applications Thursday to determine which it feels should proceed through the permitting process.
Here’s a look at the top seven:
Tier 1 (90-100 points):
Location: 923 Huber St.
Applicant: Milkman, with founding partners Brennan Thicke and Thomas McAuley
Background: Thicke has been involved in the Southern California medical cannabis industry for more than a decade, as founder of Venice Beach Care Center. McAuley is founder and CEO of Milkman Collective, a medical cannabis delivery service in SLO County.
About the business: Milkman will incorporate two methods of dispensing to patients, according to the application: in-store dispensing and delivering medical cannabis products to patients’ homes. The company will also conduct numerous community outreach efforts, including town hall-style meetings, neighborhood cleanup initiatives, organized volunteering, food drives, educational materials and responsible use plans.
Location: 239 South 3rd St.
Applicant: The Monarch Group, consisting of principals Steven Weisman, Matthew Bashwiner, Corey Glazer, Patrick Shannon, Antolin Cardenas and Sunni Vogel Mullinax.
Background: Principals of the Monarch Group own and operate six dispensaries, multiple cultivation sites and manufacturing and processing facilities in Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado and California, according to the application.
About the business: According to the application, the property was selected because it wouldn’t displace any existing businesses or jobs. The company promises to conduct neighborhood outreach to residents and businesses, hold community feedback forums and twice-daily trash pickup in an effort to be a “conscientious neighbor.”
Location: 998 Huston St.
Applicant: Natural Healing Center, with executive team Helios Dayspring and David Separzadeh.
Background: According to its application, the company’s team of business leaders and medical cannabis entrepreneurs have more than 30 years of combined expertise in cannabis agriculture, economic development, government and political affairs and real estate development.
About the business: The company will offer a range of edible medical cannabis products, with a special focus on edibles that appeal to seniors. It will also feature a member services department responsible for educating and informing patients about the dispensary and issues impacting medical marijuana patients.
Location: 650 Farroll Road
Applicant: GDI Grover Beach Retail Inc., CEO and manager Eric Hecht.
Background: Hecht has more than 12 years management experience for boutique hotels, multi-residential apartment buildings, small-lot subdivision homes and commercial warehouses. He has been involved with the cannabis industry since 2012 and is a member of CAL VET MEDS collective.
About the business: It would feature a 3,200-square-foot dispensary and 5,100-square-foot manufacturing site. Company plans to campaign against the distribution of medical cannabis to unqualified patients and youths by participating in local D.A.R.E. and youth-use prevention programs.
Tier 2 (80-89 points):
Location: 1053 Highland Way
Applicant: 805 Beach Breaks, owned by Wendy Cronin, Brian Touey and Erich Haas.
Background: Cronin has a background in nursing, before beginning a delivery service in 2015. She is involved with the SLO Cannabis Coalition and educating community members, local community groups and professional organizations.
About the business: According to the application, the dispensary will use software that is continually updated to comply with existing regulations in states with more thoroughly regulated cannabis markets. The software will be updated as regulations change in California, with detailed records and accounting of all financial data and medical cannabis inventory.
Location: 821 South 4th St.
Applicant: House of Holistics Corp., owned by Helios Dayspring.
Background: Dayspring owns and operates 15 cannabis cultivation properties in San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties as well as the House of Holistics mobile dispensary and licensed cannabis businesses in Adelanto.
About the business: House of Holistics would sell local cannabis products from owner-owned and operated cannabis farms in San Luis Obispo County, and would use “environmentally friendly technologies, fixtures and practices,” such as a rooftop solar power system. The company has also previously sponsored SLO County charity events, according to the application.
Location: 1071 Highland Way
Applicant: Trident Management Solutions, with principals Kenneth Todd Falstrom, Todd T. Mitchell and Grayson Brent Evans.
Background: Falstrom is the owner-operator of Organic Green Dispensary in Goleta, as well as a farm and cannabis cultivator in Santa Barbara County; Mitchell has registered cultivations in Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo counties and holds a medical marijuana municipal delivery license in Goleta and Paso Robles.
About the business: The company has applied to open a medical marijuana dispensary and manufacturing facility, to be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. The two existing buildings on-site will be remodeled to house the separate dispensary and the processing facilities.
If you go
The Grover Beach City Council will consider the applications at a special meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Council Chambers, 154 South 8th St.