San Diego City Council To Decide Again On Medical Marijuana Ordinance
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Aired 2/19/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Alex Kreit, former chair of the city's Medical Marijuana Task Force and professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Eric Naslund, Chair of the San Diego Planning Commission which voted in favor of the proposed ordinance.
Next week, the San Diego City Council will decide on a new proposed ordinance outlining rules and regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries.
There have been no regulations for dispensaries in the city of San Diego for the last three years, effectively making all medical marijuana facilities illegal.
This is the third time the Council will vote on whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate legally in the city. In 2011, the council voted to allow dispensaries and then, repealed the ordinance four months later.
There are several questions the council will decide next week. In addition to zoning rules, council members may decide whether they'll move forward on the idea of taxing dispensaries.
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith's report to the mayor and the city council last week concluded that it is unknown whether the federal government will allow licensed dispensaries to operate even with a new ordinance.
But, the report said, "On the other hand, two states have legalized marijuana, with no federal action against government officials in those states, as of this writing."