San Diego Drafts Ordinance To Give Marijuana Dispensaries Clear Rules To Operate Legally

CALIFORNIA: Medical marijuana has been argued for years in San Diego, but operating dispensaries within city limits remains illegal 17 years after Californians passed the Compassionate Use Act.

A draft ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego is slated to go before the City Council in February, according to Interim Mayor Todd Gloria.

Public vetting of the proposed restrictions was recently completed, according to Gloria.

“Essentially, what I think it is is a reasonable balance between the communities and the need for safe access,” Gloria said Thursday at his weekly media briefing. “This will result in a handful of collectives in the community that are operating under very strict guidelines that they don’t currently necessarily have to follow.”

Medical marijuana has been argued for years in San Diego, but operating dispensaries within city limits remains illegal 17 years after Californians passed the Compassionate Use Act.

The City Council passed regulations in 2011 that allowed dispensaries to open legally, but medical marijuana advocates considered them too restrictive and gathered enough signatures to get the ordinance rescinded.

 

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