Templeton marijuana dispensary faces appeal



Once again, the fate of a medical marijuana dispensary in Templeton is in question.

Less than two weeks after the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission voted in favor of allowing the cannabis co-op to open its doors for business, the Paso Robles Police Department and Templeton resident David La Rue both appealed the pot-for-patients project, which would be located at 3850 Ramada Dr.

Paso Robles Police Chief Lisa Solomon said that the dispensary isn't something the community wants or needs.

"There's two reasons for the appeal," she said. "One, it's a violation of federal law, and two, we're concerned about the secondary effects that these types of dispensaries have had in others cities in California. The bottom line is this is going to be a place where drugs and money are going to be prevalent, and that's going to attract some criminal elements."

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, which legalized marijuana for medical purposes. But federal law still bans marijuana for medicinal use, and federal law enforcement agencies have recently cracked the lawful whip on many California dispensaries.

Kent Connella, who owns the property where the proposed dispensary would set up shop, said that he'd be flabbergasted if the planning commission favored the petitions.

"I would be surprised if they voted for the appeal since they just put in this land-use ordinance for a marijuana dispensary in the county," he said. "It's our right. It's the American way."

Connella's attorney, Lou Koory, said the appeal decision is set for April 4.

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