One of the medical marijuana dispensary permits in Cathedral City is now being questioned by someone who didn’t get the permit.(Photo: Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun)
A man whose request to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Cathedral City was denied says city leaders ignored their own rules in giving a dispensary permit to a woman with a criminal history.
Nick Hughes has appealed the city’s recent decision to award a permit to Green Cross Pharma at 68730 Summit Drive.
City planning commissioners on Dec. 17 granted Green Cross Pharma its permit and denied Hughes his permit because his dispensary, the Cathedral City Care Collective, would be located less than 1,000 from Green Cross Pharma.
Hughes’ appeal means the council will review Green Cross Pharma’s application.
Green Cross Pharma disclosed in its permit application that dispensary manager Maria Scagliotti was convicted of misdemeanor burglary and forgery charges in 1995. They were later expunged.
“My issue is she’s going to be handling medical records, just as you would in a doctor’s office,” Hughes told The Desert Sun. “The city is taking a liability here.”
A court in 2000 ordered Scagliotti’s convictions set aside and a new plea of not guilty was entered, said Jason Thompson, an attorney for Green Cross Pharma.
“She was involved in an incident that resulted in arrest nearly 20 years ago, and since then has been a contributing member of the community and hasn’t had so much as a parking ticket,” Thompson said, nothing that Cathedral City police interviewed Scagliotti without an attorney present as part of the background check process.
Deputy City Attorney Nick Herbsen said Cathedral City police officers conducted determined that the details of the convictions — including their timing and the expungement — did not not rise to the level of crimes of “moral turpitude” that, under the city’s ordinance, would block her from working at a dispensary.
Hughes also has objected to the city allowing Green Cross Pharma to open in a 4,000-square-foot building. The city ordinance limits dispensaries to 2,500 square feet.
Herbsen said Green Gross Pharma has agreed to divide the building and operate the dispensary within the 2,500 square feet limit.
Council also will hear an appeal from Councilman Mark Carnevale, whose dispensary permit was denied because the application was deemed …Read More