Not all high on South Shore pot dispensary
December 30, 2008
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” A purported medicinal marijuana provider has opened, and at least one South Lake Tahoe official and one resident are expressing concern about the new business.
Patient to Patient Collective opened early this month at 2314 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
A post on a message board at cannabis.com says the collective is distributing marijuana for medical use.
A man who answered the phone at the collective and identified himself as a manager also said the collective is distributing marijuana to medical patients.
The business license filed with the city lists the name of the shop at the collective’s address as “Holistic Solutions” and describes the business as being a retailer of “vitamins and herbs,” according to city Finance Director Christine Vuletich.
Vuletich said she was not able to give out contact information for the business.
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City code requires businesses in South Lake Tahoe to comply with both state and federal laws, according to an e-mail from City Manager David Jinkens. Jinkens said he would check with community development and the police department regarding the business’ compliance.
People have given the collective a “very positive response,” Matt said, adding that the demand for medical marijuana in the area is “huge.”
At least 30 patients have signed up for the collective since it opened in the first week of December, he said.
Although people can buy marijuana at the collective, they are not allowed to use it on-site, Matt said. Operators want to keep the collective “low-key” as a strictly “patient care-giving place,” he added.
The South Lake Tahoe-El Dorado County Narcotics Enforcement Team is not investigating Patient to Patient at this time, SLEDNET Task Force CommanderJeff Catchings said earlier this month.
A medical marijuana dispensary operates in Placerville, said Matt Vaughn, president of the Cameron Park-based Medical Marijuana Caregivers Association, which also operates a medical marijuana delivery service on the West Slope.
Several recent decisions have clarified the legal sale of medical marijuana under Proposition 215, which was approved by California voters in 1996. The proposition legalized the use of medical marijuana, but provided few stipulations regulating its use.
Last month, the California Supreme Court issued a decision that found individuals who supply marijuana to someone with a valid medical marijuana card can still be prosecuted for dealing drugs.