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Medical Marijuana Regulations Finally Set In San Diego

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Aired 3/29/11

A decade-and-a-half after California voters approved the use of medical marijuana, the San Diego City Council has finally approved regulations for pot collectives.

— Medical marijuana collectives in San Diego now have a clear set of guidelines they must operate under. The city council passed the regulations after a marathon session of public comment.

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Above: San Diego City Council

The public comment portion of the meeting lasted nearly five hours. Hundreds of people filled the city council chambers to speak their minds about proposed regulations on medical marijuana collectives within the city of San Diego. The original proposal outlawed pot shops from operating within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, parks and other areas.

Ben Cisneros is with Stop the Ban, a group who says the law would impact every collective in San Diego.

"The reason that we’ve all come together to work so hard on this issue is that the ordinance before you as currently written is a defacto ban that will close down every medical cannabis facility in the city and will make it virtually impossible for them to reopen," he said.

In the end the city council voted to reduce the buffer zone from 1,000 feet to 600. But that wasn’t what Marcy Beckett wanted. She said the stricter the law, the better.

"I’m the parent of two teenagers and I’m very concerned about how these marijuana shops are increasing our kids’ acceptance of marijuana and their access to marijuana," she said.

The council voted 5-to-2 to enact the land-use restrictions, as well as public safety regulations that require background checks for all collective employees.

Councilman Todd Gloria said the rules may be strict, but he said they’re better than the unregulated status quo.

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svtyone | April 25, 2011 at 8:24 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

they say this is better than no reg. well this is true they now have a set of rules that makes it im possible to open a dispencery. thats exactly what the poor hurt county of san diegos need. now all the teenagers and younger yet kids will stop smoking marijuana. our streets will see no more crime, and we can walk the streets safley at night. thank you city council for enforcing these cartel favoring youth helping laws. i know from a being a witness. these dispenceries are killing the black market. my old dealer is now out of buisness due to all of his clientale going med. but he has re hung the grow lights and ready to sell to whoever is willing to buy. so children dont worry you will have access to you r herrb easier than ever once these street dealers get back and runnin strong. the city doesnt realize there doing more bad than good for the community. but atleast they have there regulations lol i would love to talk to any one council member who supported this and show them the real facts. god they are dumb.lets make this the biggest public display of city goverment debate.

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