Pubdate: Thu, 25 Feb 2016
Source: San Diego Union Tribune (CA)
Copyright: 2016 Union-Tribune Publishing Co.
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Author: David Garrick



Two additional permitted medical marijuana dispensaries are scheduled 
to open this weekend in San Diego, including the first legal 
dispensary in close proximity to La Jolla, Del Mar Heights, Carmel 
Valley and Sorrento Valley.

The new dispensaries bring the total number operating legally in San 
Diego to seven, with an additional six that have been approved under 
the city's 2014 medical marijuana ordinance expected to open in coming months.

The dispensaries opening this weekend are Torrey Holistics, which is 
near the Sorrento Valley Coaster station at 10671 Roselle St., and 
San Diego Health and Wellness, at 5125 Convoy St. in Kearny Mesa.

They join Harbor Collective, 2405 Harbor Drive in Barrio Logan; 
Mankind Cooperative, 7128 Miramar Road in Mira Mesa; A Green 
Alternative at 2335 Roll Drive in Otay Mesa; Point Loma Patients 
Cooperative at 3452 Hancock St. in the Midway District; and Southwest 
Patient Group at 658 E. San Ysidro Blvd.

The other six dispensaries approved by the city are two in Kearny 
Mesa and one each in Mission Valley, eastern Pacific Beach, the 
Stockton neighborhood and the Midway District.

A 14th permitted dispensary at 1028 Buenos Ave. in Linda Vista is 
scheduled for final approval by the Planning Commission on April 7.

The full impact of legal dispensaries won't be felt until city 
officials successfully complete ongoing efforts to close dozens of 
illegal dispensaries that continue to operate throughout San Diego.

Many customers, which dispensaries prefer to call patients, can't 
tell the difference between legal and illegal dispensaries.

Torrey Holistics is the only dispensary approved for north coastal 
City Council District 1.

San Diego Health and Wellness is among four dispensaries approved for 
council District 6, which includes Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa and parts 
of Clairemont.

No dispensaries have been approved in Districts 4, 5, 7 or 9, 
primarily because of zoning hurdles.
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