Council rejects lottery for selecting medical marijuana services providers

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Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Sifting through the 22 medical cannabis dispensary and delivery service applications the city received in February, was made a little easier for Ojai City Manager Steve McClary this week. 
The Ojai City Council voted April 11 to discard McClary's initial call for a “public, random lottery drawing” to choose which applicants receive the sought-after licenses.
“I don't think the lottery is the right way to do it,” said Councilman Randy Haney. “Let's interview these applicants and let's pick the best three.”
The majority of the 22 applications came from businesses wishing to operate as both dispensary and delivery service.
See also: City gets 22 pot applications Ojai Valley News, Feb. 16, 2017.
The city will allow for three medical cannabis dispensaries and three delivery services to operate within city limits, over the objections of Mayor Johnny Johnston.

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