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Medicinal cannabis club withdraws lawsuit

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An Atascadero cannabis dispensary, the only one in the county, will remain closed after its owners withdrew a lawsuit filed against the city. On January 24, city officials forced Central Coast Compassionate Caregivers to close, claiming the co-op did not comply with existing land use codes, or lack thereof. 

 Instead of fighting a long and costly legal battle, the owners of CCCC withdrew their lawsuit, but all was not lost, says Lou Koory, attorney for CCCC. “[The lawsuit] kept the co-op open for a critical period of time, allowing many qualified patients to come forward,� he says. In the four weeks CCCC was open, nearly 300 patients with verified papers were given care, he says. 

 Now, Koory says, “The co-op is focused on taking care of its members and looking for a location that works.�

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