Green light given for 2 new medical marijuana dispensaries

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – On Thursday, two new medical marijuana dispensaries received final approval from the San Diego Planning Commission to open.

One of the dispensaries in Barrio Logan and the other will be in Kearny Mesa.

So far, six dispensaries have been granted a permit, but only one has opened and it has been receiving positive reviews.

At Green Alternative in Otay Mesa, there is a 24-hour armed guard, bullet proof windows, and all patients walk through a metal detector before they can purchase medical marijuana.

“We are here to promote safe access for patients in need of medical grade cannabis,” said Zachary Lazarus, A Green Alternative’s general manager.

It’s not what many would expect from a permitted medical marijuana shop that opened in March.

“We have some patients come in and say, wow, this is like a Nordstrom. This is incredible, how clean and nice this is,”

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