At its Wednesday meeting, the Santa Monica Planning Commission voted to approve conditional use permits for a new cannabis dispensary to be located on Wilshire between 14th and 15th Streets.

The approval is just the latest in a series of hoops the dispensary, Harvest of Santa Monica, must jump through before it can open at 1416 Wilshire Blvd., which includes securing numerous permits and licenses both local and statewide.

A staff presentation from Santa Monica Principal Planner Tony Kim — the lead planner for the project — detailed why the business was located just nine blocks from the only other permitted dispensary, CPC Compassion, Inc., which received its conditional use permits in October and was working to open its doors at 925 Wilshire Blvd.

“I don’t believe location was really factored in [to staff’s recommendation for approval], given that our ordinance already specifically defined where these potential dispensaries could be located … east of Lincoln Boulevard along Wilshire or along two stretches of Santa Monica Boulevard, between Lincoln and 20th and 23rd and Centinela,” Kim said, adding that even in those stretches they must also adhere to a 600-foot buffer zone around “sensitive uses” such as churches, schools and daycares.


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