Marijuana collective plan withdrawn

Proposed collective would have been first in San Mateo County

A man applying for what would have been San Mateo County's first licensed medical marijuana collective withdrew his application to operate the business Tuesday, a spokeswoman with the district attorney's office said.

Bradley Ehikian of Atherton, who had been granted a business license to run the Sans Souci Marijuana Collective at 2676 Bay Road in Redwood City, withdrew his application before the matter was to be heard by the Board of Supervisors, district attorney's office services manager Debbie Padilla said.

On Oct. 19, the county License Board decided to grant Mr. Ehikian a license to open the dispensary. The decision was appealed to the Board of Supervisors by Sheriff Greg Munks, District Attorney James Fox, and Redwood City resident Michael Morris, who was joined by 39 other residents in his bid to block the dispensary.

The sheriff's appeal was motivated by questions of whether the dispensary could operate as a true collective, which, according to the county's ordinance and state law, requires that a balance be struck between the number of the collective's members who work to produce and distribute marijuana and the number of members who simply buy it.

According to staff reports, the Sheriff's Office argued that Sans Souci would have been "more of a large-scale business operation as opposed to a member-run collective."

In order to be considered a viable collective with 500 members, the proposed operation would have had to cultivate around 7,000 pot plants per month, or 11.4 tons of pot annually.

— Bay City News Service

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