Monterey County Patients Stand Up for Carmel Dispensary

Monterey, California – Carmel Valley’s Aram Stoney and John DeFloria are cultivating a rather unique business model at the Carmel Rancho Shopping Center – the county’s first licensed brick-and-mortar medical marijuana dispensary.

Otherwise known as Big Sur Canna-Botanicals, the high-end, low-key dispensary received overwhelming support during their application hearing for a land-use permit on June 14. Boisterous and supportive of the proposed business model, the crowd exploded with cheers as the Monterey County Planning Commission hearing concluded on a seriously elevated note.

Aram Stoney, Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel), and Susan and John DeFloria: Photo courtesy of Facebook

Anticipating a green light soon on their license application, the local entrepreneurs intend on opening their dispensary by late-September. Once operational, they will have the first licensed medical marijuana dispensary in Monterey County’s unincorporated area. Stoney and DeFloria submitted their business permit application on June 27 and are still waiting to receive their license from the Monterey County Treasurer.


Big Sur Canna-Botanicals at Carmel Rancho Shopping Center


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