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San Diego Medical Marijuana Permit Applications Start Thursday

Thursday is the first day that people who want to run a marijuana dispensary in San Diego can apply for a conditional-use permit.

The City Council gave approved to a set of zoning regulations that would allow up to four collectives to legally exist in eight of nine city council districts.

The restrictions on distances between dispensaries and houses, schools, churches and the like preclude any from being in council President Todd Gloria's district, which includes downtown, Hillcrest and North Park.

Until the city starts issuing the conditional-use permits, all collectives in the city are considered illegal. The mayor's office said the permit process could cost $100,000 and take six months to one year.

The city is investigating complaints against 57 dispensaries, according to the mayor's office.

The conditional-use permit would be good for five years. Collectives operators also will need to get an public safety permit annually from the San Diego Police Department.

By city ordinance, collectives may not be within 1,000 feet of public parks, churches, child care centers, playgrounds, residential care facilities, schools and other dispensaries, and not be within 100 feet of residential zones. Dispensaries also are barred from having on-site medical professionals -- a law intended to prevent such businesses from becoming "one-stop shops."

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Avatar for user 'Renoknows'

Renoknows | April 24, 2014 at 9:47 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

How will this effect the burgeoning delivery business?

These tactics will force responsible cannabis users to buy it on the streets/ illegally.

Is this an issue of morals or money?

Are local council members making the way for big pharma and other corporate entities to monopolize the MMJ markets?

Anyone up for some dialogue?

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | April 24, 2014 at 10:05 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

We would be better off as we have been without any plan from the city council.

The one put forth disenfranchises patients in the entire urban core, makes it ILLEGAL for MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS to work at a dispensary (imagine if some crackpot tried to outlaw people with a medical background from being allowed to work at pharmacies), and leaves many questions vague or unanswered as the above poster noted.

The city can and should be sued.

They could at least say medical professionals can work there to give advice but can't prescibe on site.

Gloria should be ashamed of himself as well as the rest of the council who approved this trash.

It should be noted that Mr. Alvarez, although he did approve this, he spoke out with concern over the zoning. He is the only one on the council who seems to actually be working for the citizens of San Diego.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | April 24, 2014 at 10:08 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

The state of CA needs to legalize both MM and small recreational M.

We the citizens need to affirm our rights and take bumbling, Mayberry-like local corrupt groups like the city council out of the mix!!

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | April 24, 2014 at 11:57 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

I heard a bunch of stupid idiot pot heads were lined up city hall to get a permit because they thought it was a permit to smoke pot. I wonder how they felt when they were asked to pony up 100,000 dollars.

"Uhh... dude... what? Dude...."

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | April 24, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

tv news said they have to pay $8k to apply, win or lose they are out the $8k

sounds like a phony lottery to me.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | April 24, 2014 at 3:43 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Mmikey really? That is insane. I bet you have to pay 8k up front, and then secretly pay 10k to whoever makes the decision.

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | April 25, 2014 at 7:11 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago


and those that get the permits will be paying about $50k every 6 months to stay in business.

so deal with the city mafia, or deal with the cartel, which offers the best deal?

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