Hymel Has Notified All 10 Applicants That He Is Not Approving Their Applications.

Richard Halstead Of the Green Rush 10 applications, eight were in the Highway 101 corridor zone and two were in the Central/West Marin zone. The 101 corridor applications included three in the Black Point area east of the Novato city limits, one in Santa Venetia near the San Rafael city limits, and four in the Tam Shoreline area between Mill Valley and Sausalito. The Central/West Marin applications included one in San Geronimo Valley and one in Marshall. One constant at all three meetings: sizable groups of vocal opponents who said they did not want a dispensary near their homes. Hymel has notified all 10 applicants that he is not approving their applications. He plans to recommend that supervisors consider a revised medical cannabis ordinance that would disconnect the selection of the operator from the location. Under this approach, the county would give provisional approval to a group of applicants, who would then have to secure a site before being considered for a license. Hymel said he will also recommend that the board consider a delivery-only dispensary model to address concerns raised by residents at public meetings and via submission of written comments. Under the countys existing ordinance, a licensed dispensary must be at least 800 feet from schools, public parks, smoke shops and other cannabis dispensaries to qualify for a license. Sabrina Fendrick, a spokeswoman for Marin Community Partners, which was seeking to open a dispensary at 9 and 11 Harbor Drive in Novato, said, Naturally, were really disappointed.

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