Shunned Republican politico Abel Maldonado put a screw in the latest proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary in Nipomo.
The second medical marijuana proposal to hit San Luis Obispo County in the last three months ran into a snag when the Maldonado family denied any knowledge of the proposed use of a building on the 100 block of Cuyama Lane.
On Nov. 28, the South County Advisory Council of Nipomo reviewed a proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary intended for an industrial area in the unincorporated community. The council heard testimony and scheduled another hearing for January.
Maldonado, whose family owns the property, denied knowledge that the space would be used for a proposed business that would conflict with federal law.
County Sheriff Ian Parkinson spoke for roughly 15 minutes at the South County Advisory Council about the supposed risks posed by a nonprofit business such as a medical marijuana dispensary.
The applicant, David Rosenthal, a local cancer patient, told New Times in a previous interview that he wanted to help people who don’t have the treatment they need in San Luis Obispo County. Many incorporated cities in the county have outlawed such facilities.
Bill Robeson, the county planner assigned to the project, couldn’t be reached before press time.
Another dispensary was proposed in Nipomo, but was denied on appeal to the county Board of Supervisors.