Santa Monica is inching one step closer to having a medical marijuana dispensary operating in town, as the city’s lengthy permitting and regulatory process continues to crawl forward.
On Thursday, when the Santa Monica Planning Commission holds its first meeting of 2022, it will discuss issuing a conditional use permit (CUP) to a long-awaited medicinal cannabis retailer that plans to move in at 1416 Wilshire Boulevard between 14th and 15th streets — not far from UCLA Medical Center.
But even if the Planning Commission decides to issue a CUP on Thursday, that is just the first in a laundry list of licenses, permits and fees needed to begin operations. Among the slew of permits and certificates required are cannabis permits, a county health permit, a seller’s permit, insurance and an approved compliance report from code enforcement, plus required fees (around $20,000), before its doors may open.
The retailer, under the name Harvest of Santa Monica, LLC, is seeking to operate a 2,480-square-foot licensed medical cannabis retail facility, with proposed hours of operation from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, with delivery also offered within those hours.
The proposed shop would not issue