Santa Monica has selected to companies to operate medical marijuana dispensaries within the city.

The two permits cap a multi-year process that has kept marijuana retail sales out of the city while the industry has exploded in nearby Los Angeles.

The city received 21 applications for the two permits. Applications were judged on their experience operating a retail establishment, experience operating a medicinal cannabis dispensary, experience with marijuana cultivation, experience operating with government regulations, prior compliance with permitting rules, financial viability and proposed community benefits.

The selection committee ranked CPC Compassion Inc. and Harvest of Santa Monica as their top two choices. Martin said he thought the Committee had made an error in their application of the cultivation requirement as most applicants were not listing cultivation as part of their operation. However, his reevaluation of the criteria also listed Harvest and CPC as the top two (but in reverse order).

Santa Monica’s rules for the dispensaries would only allow them open along a two mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard from Lincoln to the city limits or on Santa Monica Boulevard between Lincoln and 20th or between 23rd and Centinela Avenue. The shops may not be within 600 feet of a school, daycare, park, library, social services center, or the other cannabis business.


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