San Diego’s 1st Legal Dispensary Prepares for Liftoff

Women, minority execs show few gains in U.S. cannabis industry, according to the latest data from the MJBiz Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Report. Get your copy here.

After waiting more than three months for an answer, David Blair finally got the good news this week: his medical marijuana dispensary will be allowed to open – fully licensed and legal – in San Diego.

Blair’s dispensary, A Green Alternative, will be the second in the county but the first in the city itself to be licensed by local officials.

The city granted Blair initial approval last October, but a drug prevention specialist appealed the decision. On Thursday, the city’s planning commission unanimously rejected the appeal and gave Blair the go-ahead.

The move could mark a turning point for San Diego, which has struggled for years with illegal MMJ operations while trying to set up a comprehensive regulatory system for those eager to work within the confines of the law, such as Blair.

The city will ultimately allow up to four dispensaries in each city council district, for a total of 30. Just under a year ago, the San Diego city council estimated that there were over 100 dispensaries in operation within the city’s borders.