CALIFORNIA: After spending years chasing illegal medical marijuana shops out of town, some cities in Orange County have found a new way to play defense.
If you can’t beat them – legalize them.
“The city is regulating instead of the medical dispensaries regulating us,” said Sal Tinajero, Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Santa Ana.
On Thursday, the city of Santa Ana will hold a lottery to give 12 to 20 prospective pot shop owners a chance to obtain a permit to legally sell marijuana. The city received more than 600 applications for spots, bringing in more than $1 million in application fees.