Loomis pot shop possibilities growing

Second party interested in opening medical marijuana store
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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A second party has expressed interest in opening a Loomis pot shop. According to Perry Beck, town manager, the town was also contacted by the owners of a Loomis property regarding opening a medicinal marijuana shop. Erik Peterson and his associate Lyle Innocent, owners of the commercial building on the corner of Taylor and Horseshoe Bar Roads, told Beck they were interested in opening a shop off of Swetzer Road in the industrial area. “There are many implications and consequences to these types of operations,” said Loomis Mayor Walt Scherer. “The council needs to take their time and determine the appropriate course of action, or regulation, for Loomis to take,” he added. Peterson told the Loomis News, “I have an associate who operates one in Sacramento. I’ve seen people use it for medicinal purposes, cancer. It is getting more mainstream and accepted.” Peterson also said he “thinks it would be nothing but positive” for Loomis. Peterson explained that the shops are called collectives and members who’ve received a doctor’s recommendation can grow and distribute marijuana to other members. He said growers do receive payment or “reimbursement” from other members. According to Perry Beck, Loomis town manager, the five-member council voted unanimously on July 21, to adopt a 45-day moratorium to “prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries.” The officials held an urgency meeting in response to a letter received from a Colfax man who said he wanted to open a medical marijuana shop in Loomis. The agenda for the urgency meeting stated the town needed time to “review the legality, practical ramifications and possible secondary effects of such a land use.” Beck said the item will be on the council’s Aug. 11 meeting agenda as an ordinance to request an extension of 10 months and 15 days, the maximum extension allowable. The town will need to review the “legality, practical ramifications and possible secondary effects of such a land use.” “We just can’t get it done in 45 days,” Beck said. Beck said that in 1996 California voters passed Proposition 215, which allows for the sales and cultivation of medicinal marijuana, but he said the majority of voters in the Town of Loomis and Placer County voted against it. According to the Web site of the California secretary of state, Loomis residents cast 1,485 ballots against Proposition 215 and 1,200 for it. Placer County residents voted 48,456 against the proposition and 44,484 in favor of it.