Plan for medical marijuana clinic near Atherton abandoned


Responding to neighborhood concerns, an Atherton resident who had planned to open a nonprofit medical marijuana clinic on El Camino Real in unincorporated San Mateo County near Atherton has decided to locate the clinic elsewhere.

Brad Ahikian said he will propose the new location, which he didn't identify, when he submits a new application to the county on Monday, June 21. His original plan was to locate the clinic at 2991 El Camino Real, in the building now housing the Hannig Law Firm. The site is near Selby Lane, next to John Bentley's restaurant.

He said he abandoned the original plan for the El Camino Real site after meeting with neighbors and getting unfavorable feedback.

The Atherton City Council at its Wednesday, June 16, meeting was set to vote on a resolution opposing the plan. The resolution would constitute a recommendation only, as the county would have the final say.

The plan had a number of Atherton residents sounding the alarm, expressing concerns over potential problems with crime and traffic.

Also on the Wednesday night agenda, the council will take another look at, and possibly adopt, the proposed 2010-11 budget; be asked to adopt salary adjustments for middle management staff that would fix their salaries at the 70th percentile in relation to other specified towns and cities in the area; and be asked to increase the legal services budget for the current fiscal year by $38,000 to cover unanticipated legal costs.

Those costs were boosted by litigation, including attorneys fees required to fight the wrongful termination lawsuit by former finance director John Johns. But the additional funds would not cover "three additional claims that were received in recent weeks," according to the staff report.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road in Atherton.

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