Owner appeals decision to reject medical marijuana dispensary near Pasadena

Owner appeals decision to reject medical marijuana dispensary near Pasadena

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A company whose application to open a medical marijuana dispensary near Pasadena was rejected has appealed the decision, arguing that it meets Anne Arundel County requirements. Maryland Physician Partners LLC’s bid to open a dispensary at 7609 Energy Parkway in Brandon Woods Business Park was rejected in April because the property did not immediately abut an arterial or higher classified road. In the May 3 appeal, owner Dr. Gina Berman and attorney Joseph F. Devlin said the rejection of the Arizona firm’s application “was against the weight of the evidence, contrary to law, arbitrary and capricious, and improper.” The special application “meets all of the requirements for special exception approval” for a medical cannabis dispensary in a business complex in the district, Devlin wrote in a June 7 letter. “In light of the fact that the use is proposed for a business complex on industrial zoned property, vehicular access from an arterial road is not required,” Devlin wrote. The proposed dispensary’s landlord is Ravinder Melhi, 56, of Clarksville, who had been federally charged in 2011 along with her husband in a scheme to illegally distribute untaxed cigarettes and alcohol, The Baltimore Sun reported at the time . Melhi pleaded guilty to conspiracy arising from a scheme to illegally access a protected Motor Vehicle Administration computer for commercial and personal gain, according to the FBI. She was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine. U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, now the deputy attorney general, indicated at the time that the charges against Melhi and her husband, Amrik Singh Melhi, were connected to the corruption investigation into then-Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife. Melhi’s attorney at the time denied any connection to the Johnson investigation, which resulted in a more than seven-year prison […]

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