Why a Modesto dispensary serving thousands is being forced to close

Jayden’s Journey in Modesto is set to close on June 30 after Stanislaus County said it doesn’t have the right paperwork to get a permit.

The business got docked in several areas, including proposed property location, business plan, neighborhood compatibility plan, safety plan, security plan, air quality plan, and labor and employment plan. The business also received an evaluation score of just 63 percent. The minimum needed is 80 percent, according to a statement on the county’s website,

Phillip Wu, who has epilepsy, says Jayden’s Juice, a cannabidiol, has helped him recover after seizures.

“The time I need to recover is less,” Wu said, who is one of thousands of people that the dispensary serves.

Jason David opened the dispensary after his son, Jayden, who has Dravet syndrome and suffers seizures, recovered with the help of cannabidiol.

David says the situation is unfair because it takes too long to appeal.

“My lawyers looked over that paperwork and they found eight pages that were incorrectly graded,” David said.

The county will be meeting with all the businesses appealing on June 29. The county says that date is the only time people are available. Businesses will receive an answer 5-10 days after the meeting.

“So do I pay rent?” David said. “What do I do with my employees? What do I do with the product? What do I do with our patients? That’s what really breaks my heart.”

Jayden’s Journey in Ceres will stay open. Several patients say they are looking to carpool if possible to that location.

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