Marin County’s Six Medical Marijuana Dispensaries May Be Endangered Species
AB 1300 and Govenor Jerry Brown have put the future of Marin County dispensaries in doubt
Marin’s six medical marijuana dispensaries have to be experiencing some existential dread. Five of them are in jurisdictions that have not approved such businesses, and this month Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new state law, AB 1300, that removes the legal guesswork for local governments seeking to regulate dispensaries. Another new state bill, SB 847, which would prohibit dispensaries from within a 600-foot radius of a residential zone, was sent to the governor for his signature last week. In Fairfax — the one Marin municipality that officially permits dispensaries — parties interested in opening a new storefront say they can’t find a viable site. Four Marin municipalities — San Rafael, Larkspur, Mill Valley and Sausalito — have passed ordinances banning marijuana dispensaries. Novato and Corte Madera both have moratoriums on new dispensaries that expire in November. Both cities have marijuana collectives operating in their jurisdictions.