She Helps Marijuana Businesses Get Off The Ground, And Work Through The Legal Red Tape.

– Thursday night Marijuana advocates Sean Donahoe and Pamela Epstein spoke to a group of nearly 50 people at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach. “It was a packed house,” says Donahoe, a marijuana business advocate from Sacramento. “There were cultivators here, I believe there were folks interested in retail storefronts, there were manufacturers and quite a lot of participation from the public as well.” There were there to discuss the rapidly growing marijuana business in California, answer questions, and learn. At Tuesday’s council meeting, the city scrapped plans for a marijuana zone bordered by Farroll Road and S. 4th Street. Citizens expressed concerns over the plan forcing out existing businesses, and creating a wrong impression of their neighborhood. Instead, the city will draft a plan that would allow green business on any industrial plot in the city. “The city is taking a pioneering approach,” says Pamela Epstein, the founder of Greenwise, and an attorney. She helps marijuana businesses get off the ground, and work through the legal red tape. Epstein says the city’s proactive approach, including sorting out licenses and land regulations, are key to getting marijuana business going sooner than later. “They’re really investing and ensuring that they move the pathway forward while taking in to consideration the concerns of the residents.” The council voted through it’s marijuana tax on Tuesday, which city leaders believe can generate more than $2 million in annual revenue for the city. Both advocates say expanding the area for green business to grow is good, but they hope to see the city take it a step further once they begin reaping the benefits of marijuana business. “It’s a reality they could see operations inside of a year,” says Epstein. “I think there is a lot of opportunity on the central coast.” The council will vote on the new plans to include all industrial portions of the city in early May. Copyright 2017 NPG of California, LLC.

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