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San Diego City Council To Decide Again On Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Evening Edition

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.

Bob Riedel, Co-founder of the Alliance for Responsible Medicinal Access.


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 In 2011, the council voted to allow dispensaries and then, repealed the ordinance four months later.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."

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | February 19, 2014 at 9:18 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

I listened to the report on the noon-time program, and I DO NOT support this because, according to the report, it will not allow any dispensaries in San Diego's urban core - downtown, Hillcrest, NP, central city area.

So only patients in suburbs deserve medications?

Patients who live in the urban core don't deserve access?

What about people living in these areas who are too sick to drive out to the suburbs where the dispensaries will be allowed?

What's wrong with our council, are they mad?

It seems as if they are trying to create a two-tiered discriminatory system that allows access for the privileged who either live or travel out in the suburbs, but cut-off access to areas that have higher concentrations of poor.

This is terrible.

It's discriminatory.

It's creating access for the haves and non-access for the have nots.

Should this pass, I hope the city gets sued.

Try again council, this one is downright stupid.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | February 19, 2014 at 10:24 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

Will Duffy keep out of it this time if it passes???

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