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Should Ethnobotanica be allowed to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Nipomo?

Yes. The Board of Supervisors bought into law enforcement's bogus scare tactics and made the wrong decision.
They should be allowed to open their dispensary, but not in Nipomo. That place has enough problems as it is.
No. The county should limit marijuana availability to mobile delivery services only.
Ban all marijuana! I've watched Reefer Madness enough times to know it's dangerous!

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Last-Minute Gift Guide 2016

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Last-Minute Gift Guide 2016

By NEW TIMES STAFF

What are your squad goals this holiday season? Here at New Times, we want to make sure you can get your crew in the right gear for next year—whatever segment of humanity you and your buddies lay claim to. And we know it's hard to always agree with the people you surround yourself with, but we also know you value those differences because they're what make a group of in... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

 

News

Two men convicted of same crime get different sentences

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Just one week after his older brother was sentenced to serve a lengthy prison term for the gang-related assault of a community college student, 20-year-old Javier Chang was se...

Petition launched to change Yiannopoulos' speech to group panel

By PETER JOHNSON

When the news broke that “alt-right” activist Milo Yiannopoulos would be speaking at Cal Poly in January, Poly grad Heidi Petersen didn’t think that asking the universit...

'Business as usual' for Diablo Canyon in 2017

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS AND KAREN GARCIA

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant had a big year in 2016.  In June, PG&E announced that it would no longer seek to renew operating licenses for the plant’s two reactor...

County takes small step on affordable housing

By PETER JOHNSON

The SLO County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Dec. 6 to raise the fees developers will have to pay as part of the county’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance—but the new fe...

Santa Maria police used fake news to thwart murder

By DAVID MINSKY

The revelation that some internet users put out fake news during the election season has caused a lot of controversy, but according to the Santa Maria Police Department (SMPD)...

On the record: Get to know John Peschong, the new SLO County Supervisor

By PETER JOHNSON

John Peschong’s office, tucked away on the second floor of a quaint commercial complex in Templeton, is an unsuspecting workplace for a formidable political strategist. Wit...

The safety question: Ethnobotanica is still fighting to open a medical marijuana dispensary in SLO County

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

The night of Nov. 3, 2015, was a long one for the SLO County Board of Supervisors. Their chambers were packed with county residents who’d come to make their pleas on the iss...

Commentary

Ashbaugh's advice

By JOHN ASHBAUGH

On Friday, Dec. 9, our city will swear in a new mayor and two new councilmembers. It’s possible that all three of them share the Shredder’s disdain for my advice. Nonethel...

America then, America now

By AL FONZI

This week marks the 75th anniversary of Imperial Japanese Navy’s bombing of Pearl Harbor. America on Dec. 7, 1941, was a very different country, however flawed; it was a n...

Letters

Don't forget to stop at crosswalks

By Betty Kennedy - San Luis Obispo

November and December are the months for giving thanks. I am thankful for the drivers who actually stop for my friends and me at crosswalks and sidewalks. Whether we’re wa...

Let's get that marine sanctuary going

By Frank DePasquale - Cambria

We are at a crossroads regarding the protection of our oceans of the world. We can do our part by supporting the establishment of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuar...

A horrific choice for Poly

By Allan Cooper - San Luis Obispo

I was horrified to read that Milo Yiannopoulos has been invited by the Cal Poly College Republicans to speak at the Spanos Theater on Jan. 31, 2017. This self-described “alt...

Talk radio: Stop spreading misinformation

By David Deick - Atascadero

I heard FOX News radio talker John Gibson say that liberals don’t care about saving jobs; that’s why all the jobs have left the country. Not a direct quote, but that was h...

Shredder

Yellow underbelly

I feel like I’ve been drunk wandering the streets of downtown San Luis Obispo in the dark. Everything is blurry, and I can’t quite define what hard object knocked my “...

Street Talk

What's the best part about celebrating the holidays in California?

Shelia Lebbed Lynn Wise Denise Desmond Montse Zuniga

Strokes and Plugs

Mastering trades: SkillsUSA promotes pragmatic alternative to four-year degrees

By KAREN GARCIA

A shift in the path of higher education is taking place in California as career and technical education (CTE) gains more support. Here on the Central Coast, students are gaini...

Arts

Naughty and nice: SLO Little Theatre shows different sides of holidays with 'A Christmas Story,' 'Santaland Diaries'

By RYAH COOLEY

He comes but once a year, bringing tales of unemployment, horrid work uniforms, and tears. And while Santa may drop the occasional "ho, ho, ho," this less-than-jolly fellow le...

Off to Canada, eh?: Cambrian author breaks down America's northern neighbors

By RYAH COOLEY

On Nov. 8, Canada’s website on immigration crashed as America elected Donald Trump as its 45th president. With a contentious election behind us and unknown future lying ahea...

Morning walks: Ontario Ridge hike is worth missing a couple of extra zzz's

By KAREN GARCIA

Getting out into the world in the early hours for a hike isn’t something I normally do, especially with the recent chilly mornings pushing me deeper under my covers. But I g...

Made with love

By RYAH COOLEY

Only a few shopping days left till Christmas! Pick up a local, handmade gift at Harmony House Yoga’s Holiday Maker’s Market on Dec. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Stop by the stu...

The beardliest beard

By RYAH COOLEY

Can you grow a beard like no other? Or perhaps a man with a full face of hair makes you swoon like no other? If either applies, make a beeline for the inaugural Beard Competi...

Sing it out loud

By RYAH COOLEY

As Buddy the elf says, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is sing loud for all to hear.” Let the warm fuzzies of the holiday season take over at the ninth annual Com...

Blast from the Past: A Bullet for the General

By GLEN STARKEY

When? 1966  |  What's it rated? NR  |  Where? DVD. This classic 1966 Spaghetti Western will keep you guessing right to the end, as no one is quite who he or she seems....

Music

Killer funk act Jungle Fire headlines KCBX's Holiday Funk & Folk Fest on Dec. 10, in the Fremont Theater

By GLEN STARKEY

Thank the music gods that the Fremont Theater had the good sense to take out seats in front of its new stage to make a dance floor, because when LA-based 10-piece afro-funk ac...

Film

‘Seasons’ depicts 12,000 years of human and animal interaction in Europe

Co-directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud helm this documentary filmed in France and Germany that takes a journey through the past 12,000 years to discover the Europea...

Flavor

A SLO Italiano tradition: Giuseppe's Cucina Rustica makes historic new home on Monterey Street

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

Giuseppe “Joe” DiFronzo was born in the wrong era. He loves zipping around town on his fleet of vintage scooters and is obsessed with making pasta the old fashioned way (...

Hayley's Pick

Biddle Ranch Vineyard's 2014 Sparkling Wine and Castoro Cellars 2014 Tempranillo

If you’ve got family in town this holiday and aren’t sure what to do with them, make a dash for Edna Valley’s Biddle Ranch Vineyard tasting room. With plenty of outdoor ...

Hot Dates

For reel

Molly’s Revenge, along with guest vocalist Christa Burch and the Turco Irish Dancers, will serve up their take on traditional jigs and reels at the 11th annual Celtic Christ...

Extravagant celebration

A one-act rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the comedy-musical Snow White and the Four Dwarves, and a holiday vaudeville revue are all on the bill for the Gre...

Festive fair

The talents of the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation will be showcased at their Holiday Party Arts & Craft Fair, Dec. 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Berg Auditorium in Paso Ro...