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San Diego Hazy About Medical Marijuana Rules

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Some San Diego city council members think the city’s rules about medical marijuana are hazy. On Tuesday the council will consider creating a task force to clear things up.

— Some San Diego city council members think the city’s rules about medical marijuana are hazy. On Tuesday the council will consider creating a task force to clear things up.

The city of San Diego was waiting to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court would hear an appeal of California’s Medical Marijuana law brought by San Diego County. The court declined to consider the case. Now the city’s moving forward. Councilwoman Marti Emerald says a task force will help solidify the city’s policy on how to regulate dispensaries

“We make it easy for the cooperatives, the caregivers, the patients to operate," she said. "So that we send the right signal to law enforcement about how we are going to enforce state law here in the city of San Diego.”

Emerald said the mayor’s office also wants to clarify the rules about where dispensaries can open. There are eight permitted dispensaries in San Diego, but it’s estimated more than five times that amount are actually operating.

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