Check out this story on vcstar.com: http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2017/07/12/three-businesses-get-ok-ojai-operate-deliver-medical-marijuana/470410001/ A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Three businesses get OK from Ojai to operate, deliver medical marijuana Marjorie Hernandez , Marjorie.Hernandez@vcstar.com, 805-437-0263 Published 3:52 p.m. PT July 12, 2017 The Fillmore City Council has said no to all types of marijuana businesses — growers or sellers of medical or recreational pot — within city limits. 360 CONNECT TWEET 10 LINKEDIN 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE Ojai officials approved permits for three businesses, including two cooperatives shuttered by law enforcement since last year, to operate and deliver medical marijuana within the city. Shangri La Care Cooperative, Sespe Creek Collective and AgMD were approved last week for the permits after a seven-month application process, which included interviews and background checks, Ojai city officials said. The businesses received non-retail and delivery permits, which are issued for one year. The permits come with various restrictions: The businesses/collectives cannot sell recreational marijuana and patients will have to make appointments at least 24 hours in advance; deliveries only can be made within the city limits. Before Shangri La, Sespe Creek and AgMD can open their doors or make deliveries to patients, Ojai city officials still have to conduct a final inspection. When the first sales will start depend on the inspections. “We will be closely monitoring each business to ensure they are following the city’s rules and regulations, as this is an emerging industry with many potential unknowns," Ojai City Manager Steve McClary said in a news release. "At the same time, we know there are patients eager to access medicine without having to leave the city limits.” Emerging Challenges In Swift Solutions In Mobile RefuellingThe three businesses will be in the Bryant Circle industrial park. Ojai is the first city in Ventura County to provide such permits for non-retail dispensaries and cooperatives, which have been at odds with local law enforcement and prosecutors. Authorities shuttered Sangri La in April 14, 2016, and Sespe Creek on Nov. 3 and arrested top officials from each collective. Jeff Kroll, founder of Shangri La, said the city of Ojai's willingness to work with various cooperatives is a "win for patients who desperately need their medication." "This is really a win for the 700 members of Shangri La whose lives improved by having the option of cannabis," Kroll said. "What this permit really says is the city of Ojai is focused on compassion for its residents.
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