Residents oppose medical marijuana dispensary

Posted at 6:29 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 22:31:09-04

Medical marijuana dispensaries, they're landing everywhere, even right next door to homes.And some Oildale residents are speaking out after a shop opened in their community and many residents are fed up.

If you happen to be in the Oildale area recently, you may have noticed a new building - it's called Sequoia Medicinal. It’s one of the smallest buildings on the block, located next to a food market, but surrounded by homes.

Although medical marijuana relieves pain for many, some Oildale neighbors wish the shop wasn't so close to where they live.

"I don't think it should be on the same street as a school, we have Standard school down the street, and the kids walk from all the way down there to here, so I don’t think it’s something they should learn about," said Sammantha Smith, Oildale resident

23ABC News spoke with Brandon Bryant, owner of Sequoia Medicinal, he said his shop is more than 500 ft. away from the school - which meets the legal requirements. And when we asked Bryant why he picked this location he said it was the "right place at the right time."

Several people around town have signed a petition against dispensaries from landing in their neighborhoods. And one group says they have hundreds of signatures.