Marin County Administrator Matthew Hymel will not approve licensing any of the 10 proposed medical marijuana dispensaries in the county, and instead announced Monday he is recommending county supervisors rethink the entire licensing process.
Also, the board should consider a mobile delivery-only system, he said.
“This decision illustrates the challenge in finding the right combination of operator and location to provide patients with safe access to medical cannabis locally,” Hymel said.
His announcement comes after years of discussion that culminated last May, when the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance that would allow up to four medical cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated Marin. The board gave Hymel the job of selecting the dispensaries.
County staff and a volunteer advisory committee oversaw three public meetings earlier this year, during which 10 applicants made their pitches.
Of the 10 applications, eight were in the Highway 101 corridor zone and two were in the Central/West Marin zone. The 101 corridor applications included three in the Black Point area east of the Novato city limits, one in Santa Venetia near the San Rafael city limits, and four in the Tam Shoreline area between Mill Valley and Sausalito. The Central/West Marin applications included one in San Geronimo Valley and one in Marshall.
One constant at all three meetings: sizable groups of vocal opponents who said they did not want a dispensary near their homes.
Hymel has notified all 10 applicants that he is not approving their applications. He plans to recommend that supervisors consider a revised medical cannabis ordinance that would disconnect the selection of the operator from the location.
Under this approach, the county would give provisional approval to a group of applicants, who would then have to secure a site before being considered for a license.
Hymel said he will also recommend that the