San Diego Pot Shops Given Clearance for Business under Revised Regulations

San Diego Pot Shops Given Clearance for Business under Revised Regulations

San Diego Pot Shops Given Clearance for Business under Revised Regulations

The San Diego City Council have passed an ordinance allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to do business, but under strict regulations – The San Diego City Council, on Monday, passed an ordinance that would give medical marijuana dispensaries a clearance to do business within the city, but under strict revised regulations.

The new laws were passed after a winning vote of 8-1, with council member Mark Kersey being the only one to have voted against the ordinance. His views clashed with the rest of the council on the grounds of a Federal Law, which still considers drugs illegal.

Although, the majority of councilmen seemed more focused on eliminating the voids of their already-in-effect marijuana laws in California. The aim here was to pass an ordinance that provides clear and fair rules which will result in access to medical marijuana for legitimate San Diego patients and safeguard neighborhoods from negative impacts associated with dispensaries, as explained by the interim Mayor Todd Gloria.


The updated ordinance allows less than four marijuana dispensaries in each council district, as opposed to a study by the San Diego Assn of Governments that referred to allow 131 dispensaries within San Diego only. With the current regulation effective, San Diego can have a maximum of 32 dispensaries within the city limits, an amendment that was first suggested by Councilwoman Lorie Zapf.

According to the reports, the council has kept the law of limiting pot dispensaries to industrial and commercial areas the same as before. Whilst, they have added new regulations that prohibits medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within 1,000 feet from community places like schools, parks, and nursing homes, as well as other marijuana dispensaries.

In response to the marijuana legalization, the councilwoman Marti Emerald discussed the possibilities of people using the drug for wrongful purposes. She pressed concerns over the potential proliferation of such illegal operations that may pose serious threats to the system.

A negative response also came from Safe Neighborhood’s group member Scott Chipman. He stated, “I see that there’s no reason to have confidence in this city to establish a scheme that would work. That is the biggest problem.”

Lynn Redeman, however spoke in the favor of the new ordinance. “I’m only asking the City Council to think logically, give this motion a chance, think positive, give it strict guidelines and give it a chance,” he said. “If you give it a chance and it doesn’t work then vote against it. Have an open mind and let the people show themselves that this business can run as a co-op and for the people.”

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