An application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Cruz will go before the city’s planning commission on Thursday. Local Attorney David E. Thompson is applying to open a dispensary that would be located on River Street near the bus depot and Harvey West Park. The permit is for a 1,500 square foot dispensary with a 3,000 square foot indoor growing operation. Santa Cruz City Commissioners will consider a special exemption needed to open the medical cannabis shop, because it would be within 600 feet of a residential zone. If Thompson is able to open the “Surf City Collective”, it would be the second dispensary in the city, which can have a maximum of 2 such facilities.