By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Angeles Nelson (left) opposed the dispensary in Lemon Grove, while Kathleen Harmon (right) supported it

April 4, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) — La Mesa will have its first legal medical marijuana dispensary, after a unanimous vote of approval by the City Council on March 27. An appeal challenging the approval was rejected.

By contrast, the Lemon Grove City Council voted to deny an application for its first dispensary due to proximity to a daycare center.

Both Councils took the actions recommended by staff in implementing laws established by voter-approved initiatives. At issue in each is the date of completion.

La Mesa

In La Mesa, one applicant submitted theirs on October 18 with an addition on October 26 while the other submitted a completed application on October 25. Dispensaries raced to see which can get approved first, due to a requirement that they be at least 1,000 feet apart.

What a difference a day makes!

San Diegrown LLC’s application from October 25 was selected and will be the first medical marijuana dispensary to be sanctioned by the La Mesa City Council (5-0). Another, so far approved, is to be considered under the same appeals process next month.

Photo: San Diegrown LLC is expected to begin operating a licensed medical marijuana dispensary after a remodel of 8155 Center Street in La Mesa 91942

Lemon Grove

In Lemon Grove, which has distance limits for dispensaries near daycares, a daycare center had lapsed in its paperwork with California. A dispensary application was marked compliant with Lemon Grove Measure V sensitive site municipal code during this time. Subsequently, when the daycare operator’s paperwork was renewed, that approval was revoked.

Angeles Nelson, Community Advocate and Project Assistant for the Lemon Grove HEAL Zone, and a Lemon Grove City Commissioner, spoke

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