Pot shop owner abandons Hermon outlet

Many Hermon  residents were surprised earlier this month by the news  that a medical marijuana medical dispensary had leased space  next door to Fresco Market in Monterey Plaza,  the shopping center that serves as commercial hub of the small community.  But only a week later, the owner of the planned Monterey Care Collective  abruptly canceled those plans  during a neighborhood meeting attended by 145 residents as well as representatives from Council District 14, LAPD and the City Attorney,  reports community activist Wendi Riser.

The owner, according to Riser in her email newsletter, said he was not aware that his Hermon store would be within 1,000 feet of schools.  The owner “had said if our community did not support his business being here, he would not open – and he kept his word,” said Riser.

EGP News reports that the pot shop owner,  Gor Mikhitar, was frustrated over the conflicting information he got about opening a dispensary in the city.

Now, with the pot shop out of the picture, what’s going to go into the 7,200-square-foot space once occupied by an adult day care center?  The LoopNet listing has a few suggestions:

It is suitable for Medical office and clinic, fitness club, banquet hall, Dancing class,cocktail lounge, night clubs, Kid or Adult entertainment, Bank.”


  1. A Starbucks please!!!

  2. Hell NO on the starbucks. They have excellent coffee at Fresco and Heather rocks. I’d rather see a gym or a hip furniture store.

  3. That would be CD14 who jumped all over this. It is a touchy subject for Jose Huizar. C14 District Director Zenay Loera ran the meeting.

  4. Darn, I was looking forward to having a dispensary I could walk to. Marijuana is already huge in Hermon, just visit Arroyo Secco/Hermon Park and you’ll see and smell many people partaking. And guess what, it doesn’t hurt anyone.

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