Art studio opposes dispensary location

AT ODDS—The owner of 711 Rancho Conejo Blvd.came to a public meeting last week to counter arguments made by a neighbor—Art Trek—against plans to house a medical marijuana dispensary at his property. DAWN MEGLI-THUNA/Acorn Newspapers

On July 10, the Thousand Oaks City Council is expected to select a single finalist for the one medical marijuana dispensary permit it is granting, but some city residents got an early peek at the top three choices and their proposed location at a meeting last week.

About 25 people showed up to the June 14 meeting at Grant Brimhall Library.

Property owners and residential owners within a 600-foot radius of the parcels received announcements of the meeting days before. The city also tweeted about the meeting two days prior and posted about the meeting on its website.

“The purpose of this meeting is to hear from surrounding property owners and neighbors of the proposed sites,” announced operations manager Marjan Behzadi at the outset. “We would like to hear your concerns and your comments and hopefully address some of them tonight, if we can.”

The dispensary owners in attendance would not be presenting but would be listening to concerns and would have the opportunity to address them at the council meeting, she said.

After giving a bit of a background, including a timeline of the city’s process getting to this point, Behzadi announced the names of the three candidates, narrowed from the total of five qualified applicants by a committee of some of the city’s top executives: Police Chief Tim Hagel, Deputy City Manager Gary Rogers, Community Development Manager Mark Towne and Finance Director John Adams.

The finalists are Leaf Dispensary, which proposes to establish a dispensary at 2400 Willow Lane; Legendary Organics, which hopes to open in

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