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Marijuana dispensary proposed in Oceano

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A central coast business owner wants to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Oceano.

Tammy Murray moved to the area about a year ago from Goshen in the Central Valley, where she owned and operated a club called Compassionate Cannabis Information Center, Inc.

Murray said she refers to her business as a club to avoid any legal uncertainty. She applied for a minor use permit in May, and is still waiting for approval.

Murray said she decided to open a club in San Luis Obispo County after reading about Narcotics Task Force raids of local mobile collectives.

“That prompted me to think, ‘People really need a safe access point for the distribution of medical marijuana,’” she said.

So Murray started looking at real estate.

County codes require dispensaries to be located at least 1,000 feet away from schools and other areas where youth congregate. They also can’t be located in central business districts.

Murray hopes to open the dispensary on the 1400 block of South Fourth Street in Oceano. Escrow closed on the property on April 20 of this year.

Murray said she’s already reached out to residents and business owners in the immediate area: “We’re doing things the right way and for the right reasons.”

Law enforcement and county government officials still have concerns, specifically that the dispensary would attract criminals to the area.

But Murray said she’s confident her business will “attract the right kind
of people.”

Murray has first-hand knowledge of what she says are the benefits of marijuana. A retired U.S Air Force veteran, Murray said she suffers from tinnitus and residual pain from a service-related ankle injury.

“I’ve been a homeopathic practitioner for over 20 years,” she said, adding that she believes in taking medication that’s organic rather than “something that’s made out of synthetic chemicals that you’re body can’t process.”

Employees at the San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning and Building didn’t return phone calls as of press time.

SLO Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Bryn declined to comment on the dispensary, “but we still believe that [medical marijuana] storefronts are illegal.”

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