While medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, this week is slated to mark the first time a medical dispensary is given permission to open in Santa Monica.

In the Planning Commission’s upcoming Oct. 20 meeting, staff recommend that commissioners grant a conditional use permit (CUP) for CPC Compassion, Inc. to open a shop called Local Cannabis Co. at 925 Wilshire Boulevard.

Per the Santa Monica municipal code, the dispensary will be limited to medical use only, which means that customers will be required to have a doctor’s recommendation to purchase products.

Although this restriction does not apply to most dispensaries in Los Angeles, the CUP is still highly desirable as, for now, it will grant CPC Compassion a monopoly on local marijuana sales. This could prove especially lucrative if City Council votes to allow recreational dispensaries once the current dispensary zoning ordinance expires in 2023.

CPC Compassion Inc., beat out 19 other applicants in a 2017 Request for Applications process to become one of two marijuana businesses allowed to pursue business operations in the City. Preliminary selections were made in 2018, but the final approval was delayed by a two year appeals process.

The second selected company, Harvest

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