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Approval of Nipomo medical marijuana dispensary is appealed to supervisors

A medical marijuana dispensary has been proposed for this location at 2122 Hutton Road in Nipomo.
A medical marijuana dispensary has been proposed for this location at 2122 Hutton Road in Nipomo. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

An appeal has been filed against a proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Nipomo, and the project will now go before the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors in October.

The project calls for a brick-and-mortar dispensary offshoot of the mobile dispensary business, Ethnobotanica Patients Cooperative. The storefront would be at 2122 Hutton Road in Nipomo.

The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission approved plans for the dispensary in a 3-1 vote, with Commissioner Jim Harrison dissenting, on July 9.

The project was appealed by Nipomo resident James Bigelow who, in his appeal, attached letters from several Nipomo residents and Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino, as well as a petition with 38 signatures, arguing against the project.

Ethnobotanica representatives have previously said they were aware an appeal would likely be filed and are confident the board will also vote in their favor. An official Board of Supervisors hearing is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 6.

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