Our story idea started out with the recent news of Grover Beach approving marijuana businesses to open.
Here are some links to articles with more information about the approval: Get ready, Grover Beach: Marijuana businesses will likely open by 2018, Grover Beach approves commercial cannabis ordinances, Grover should ignore ‘whore’ comment and become Pot Capital of Central Coast
After I posted about the topic on the Cal Poly SLO Class of 2017 Facebook page, I received a comment from Nicolas Pitchon, a Cal Poly student who runs his own marijuana delivery business.
“I plan on applying for one of the Grover licenses and am happy to talk about the current laws being drafted for Grover, SLO county, and some of the other cities/municipalities in our county for Recreational Cannabis,” Pitchon wrote.
So I scheduled a interview with Pitchon at his home in Avila Beach, where he also uses as his workplace for his marijuana delivery business, Slo Dro Co. Along with his delivery business, Pitchon also operates two farms and is the secretary for the SLO NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), which is a non-profit organization whose aim is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the legalization of non-medical marijuana so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.
I am not very familiar with marijuana, but right when I stepped into his home, I was hit with a very strong smell of marijuana. There were also a ton of actual marijuana all over his home.
Pitchon told us how he is planning to apply to one of the two Grover Beach marijuana business license, and even let us film him smoking.
It was great that we got to see the behind the scenes on how he ran his delivery service and since his home is also the office for the business, there was so much material for us to film and take photos. That was when we decided to change our story to a feature story about Pitchon, and tying in the story of Grover Beach’s approval of marijuana businesses. I think I was really lucky to find Pitchon and interview him since it definitely made our story much more exciting than just talking about Grover Beach.
“It’s interesting to see how the community handles such a difference in their town compared to others in the area with regard to having marijuana businesses. The area seems a little bit older, more retirement age, and the acceptance of this by City Council and the Planning Commission as well as citizens of the city show that they are a progressive area open to change. It’ll be interesting to see in the coming months what happens when businesses can apply for permits to be one of the two stores selling marijuana in Grover.” -Ayrton Ostly, multimedia.
“The story was fun to write because we went into it knowing very little details about the subject, and after just one interview we had already learned so much! I think this was our best story of the quarter, so I had a great time writing it.” -Kameren Mikkelsen, Print.