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Oceanside pot dispensary forced to close

City attorney claims victory as another weed provider opens shop

On sale at Oceanside's Natures Leaf, to be shuttered Friday
On sale at Oceanside's Natures Leaf, to be shuttered Friday

While it may be getting easier for some marijuana dispensaries to stay open in San Diego, Halloween is the drop-dead date for one Oceanside storefront that has defied efforts to kill the business for almost a year.

Friday is curtains for Natures Leaf in Oceanside. After exhausting numerous legal challenges that stalled its closure, Oceanside city attorney John Mullen said on October 27 that he finally won the war to shutter Natures Leaf at 2525 South Vista Way.

“They finally threw in the towel.” Mullen said a key to finally getting Natures Leaf to agree to quit was by getting the store’s landlord involved. Mullen said he would not hesitate to go that route for any and all collectives that pop up in Oceanside in the future.

Natures Leaf owner George Sadler used different attorneys and various legal procedures to thwart its closure. It looked good for the store when the Oceanside Planning Commission voted 3-2 in May to let it stay open. However, in June, the Oceanside City Council voted 5-0 to reverse and overrule the planning commission and snuff out the business that opened in 2013.

Based on an agreement forged by the city, the owner of the business, and the landlord, Mullen says October 31 would be the latest day Natures Leaf could be open. The owner of the business, George Sadler, was not available for comment.

On October 27, a Natures Leaf employee who answered the phone said she knew nothing about the store’s closure.

While it is legal for medicinal marijuana to be sold commercially in California, the state supreme court ruled last year that each city could decide whether it would allow such businesses to be zoned within its boundaries. Most North County cities do not allow for pot dispensaries.

Natures Leaf's violations were treated not as a criminal issue enforced by police but as a zoning issue. The store is located on commercial property immediately southwest of where Highway 78 intersects with El Camino Real.

According to weedmaps.com, a new Oceanside dispensary named Chronic Pain Releaf opened October 24 at 218 San Diego Street in the Posole neighborhood just east of I-5. I asked city attorney Mullen what are the chances other dispensaries might have should they open in Oceanside.

“Zero,” he said.

He said he was unaware why another Oceanside weedmaps-advertised dispensary in the San Luis Rey Valley called Green Cross came and went.

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Weenmaps shows tens of delivery services in North County so closing a couple of store fronts isn't going to do much to stop pot smokers.

Oct. 28, 2014

To Israel - If you were a local you would no that that is the what locals call that neighborhood. That's what the police call it, that is what city employees call it and that is what locals call it. In the 50s and 60s it was known as Eastside. Now it is known as Posole. I imagine you consider "Little Italy" as race coding. Hate to break it to you but Posole is what people call it. Oceanside is not Chula Vista.

Oct. 28, 2014

People still call it Eastside if they are older Oceansiders. I started calling it Posole when everyone else said "What?" when I said "Eastside." Don't what to say Israel, but that is what that neighborhood mostly goes by now. I was told once that 90 percent of Oceanside's population now lives east of "Eastside."

Oct. 28, 2014

This whole article is a shame! It's pretty clear you are bashing Legal Marijuana Dispensaries who provide for old men like me who have true pain. The true shame is that we fight to save lives and then get injured only to have those you fought for deny your pain relief. Your pot and weed comments clearly leave out the medical aspect. Your drop dead date and kill the medical business were also uncalled for! If had to make the choice to fight for our future again I would every time! This will always be a shameful slap in the face by anyone who fights to keep people suffering.

Oct. 30, 2014

This article is written by a two bit wannabe music critic, with extremely bad comprehension. What I would like to know now that you have cut your teeth on real life issues, is what's your take on the medical side of marijuana? Have you even stepped outside the shallow one sided mind of yours to see what the god given plant has done for so many people in your community? Have you seen how it helps the people that have fought for yours and my future to cope with the PTSD that they now have to deal with maybe for the rest of their lives? After reading many of your articles I think best for you to reconsider your hobby as a writer critic and maybe take up building ships in bottles, that's a lost art that you may be best at...

Oct. 30, 2014

Mr. NLC- Do you have the same hatred directed at Edward Sifuentes who basically wrote the same article in the U-T two days later? This has been a big story for months and now this part of the story is coming to a conclusion. I'm just reporting what happened. It's news. Deal with it. I did not make Natures Leaf go away. What did I write that you didn't like that showed a bias? I happen to think that marijuana should be legalized and taxed and regulated. But so what? I just wrote about what went down. It is illegal to sell pot in a storefront in Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista and San Marcos and Escondido. And if you do, for better or worse, they will come down on you. In the forceable future there will not be any dispensaries in Oceanside. I'm just reporting that. By the way does NLC stand for Natures Leaf Collective? Are you the owner who didn't have the backbone to answer questions about his business. And oh yeah, are you the same guy who didn't bother telling his employees on Monday that the store would be gone by Friday? You've known this for weeks according to the city attorney and you didn't tell his employees. Note to VeteranLife Saver: there are plenty of legal places to get medical marijuana. Just refer to Weedmaps and they will deliver it to you. Or go to one of the shops in unincorporated North County.

Nov. 1, 2014

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On sale at Oceanside's Natures Leaf, to be shuttered Friday
On sale at Oceanside's Natures Leaf, to be shuttered Friday

While it may be getting easier for some marijuana dispensaries to stay open in San Diego, Halloween is the drop-dead date for one Oceanside storefront that has defied efforts to kill the business for almost a year.

Friday is curtains for Natures Leaf in Oceanside. After exhausting numerous legal challenges that stalled its closure, Oceanside city attorney John Mullen said on October 27 that he finally won the war to shutter Natures Leaf at 2525 South Vista Way.

“They finally threw in the towel.” Mullen said a key to finally getting Natures Leaf to agree to quit was by getting the store’s landlord involved. Mullen said he would not hesitate to go that route for any and all collectives that pop up in Oceanside in the future.

Natures Leaf owner George Sadler used different attorneys and various legal procedures to thwart its closure. It looked good for the store when the Oceanside Planning Commission voted 3-2 in May to let it stay open. However, in June, the Oceanside City Council voted 5-0 to reverse and overrule the planning commission and snuff out the business that opened in 2013.

Based on an agreement forged by the city, the owner of the business, and the landlord, Mullen says October 31 would be the latest day Natures Leaf could be open. The owner of the business, George Sadler, was not available for comment.

On October 27, a Natures Leaf employee who answered the phone said she knew nothing about the store’s closure.

While it is legal for medicinal marijuana to be sold commercially in California, the state supreme court ruled last year that each city could decide whether it would allow such businesses to be zoned within its boundaries. Most North County cities do not allow for pot dispensaries.

Natures Leaf's violations were treated not as a criminal issue enforced by police but as a zoning issue. The store is located on commercial property immediately southwest of where Highway 78 intersects with El Camino Real.

According to weedmaps.com, a new Oceanside dispensary named Chronic Pain Releaf opened October 24 at 218 San Diego Street in the Posole neighborhood just east of I-5. I asked city attorney Mullen what are the chances other dispensaries might have should they open in Oceanside.

“Zero,” he said.

He said he was unaware why another Oceanside weedmaps-advertised dispensary in the San Luis Rey Valley called Green Cross came and went.

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Weenmaps shows tens of delivery services in North County so closing a couple of store fronts isn't going to do much to stop pot smokers.

Oct. 28, 2014

To Israel - If you were a local you would no that that is the what locals call that neighborhood. That's what the police call it, that is what city employees call it and that is what locals call it. In the 50s and 60s it was known as Eastside. Now it is known as Posole. I imagine you consider "Little Italy" as race coding. Hate to break it to you but Posole is what people call it. Oceanside is not Chula Vista.

Oct. 28, 2014

People still call it Eastside if they are older Oceansiders. I started calling it Posole when everyone else said "What?" when I said "Eastside." Don't what to say Israel, but that is what that neighborhood mostly goes by now. I was told once that 90 percent of Oceanside's population now lives east of "Eastside."

Oct. 28, 2014

This whole article is a shame! It's pretty clear you are bashing Legal Marijuana Dispensaries who provide for old men like me who have true pain. The true shame is that we fight to save lives and then get injured only to have those you fought for deny your pain relief. Your pot and weed comments clearly leave out the medical aspect. Your drop dead date and kill the medical business were also uncalled for! If had to make the choice to fight for our future again I would every time! This will always be a shameful slap in the face by anyone who fights to keep people suffering.

Oct. 30, 2014

This article is written by a two bit wannabe music critic, with extremely bad comprehension. What I would like to know now that you have cut your teeth on real life issues, is what's your take on the medical side of marijuana? Have you even stepped outside the shallow one sided mind of yours to see what the god given plant has done for so many people in your community? Have you seen how it helps the people that have fought for yours and my future to cope with the PTSD that they now have to deal with maybe for the rest of their lives? After reading many of your articles I think best for you to reconsider your hobby as a writer critic and maybe take up building ships in bottles, that's a lost art that you may be best at...

Oct. 30, 2014

Mr. NLC- Do you have the same hatred directed at Edward Sifuentes who basically wrote the same article in the U-T two days later? This has been a big story for months and now this part of the story is coming to a conclusion. I'm just reporting what happened. It's news. Deal with it. I did not make Natures Leaf go away. What did I write that you didn't like that showed a bias? I happen to think that marijuana should be legalized and taxed and regulated. But so what? I just wrote about what went down. It is illegal to sell pot in a storefront in Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista and San Marcos and Escondido. And if you do, for better or worse, they will come down on you. In the forceable future there will not be any dispensaries in Oceanside. I'm just reporting that. By the way does NLC stand for Natures Leaf Collective? Are you the owner who didn't have the backbone to answer questions about his business. And oh yeah, are you the same guy who didn't bother telling his employees on Monday that the store would be gone by Friday? You've known this for weeks according to the city attorney and you didn't tell his employees. Note to VeteranLife Saver: there are plenty of legal places to get medical marijuana. Just refer to Weedmaps and they will deliver it to you. Or go to one of the shops in unincorporated North County.

Nov. 1, 2014

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