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Oceanside Council Votes Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in...

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Above: Medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Feb. 1, 2011.

Oceanside Council Votes Against Allowing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Operate In City

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Peter Weiss, Oceanside mayor

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The council did approve allowing medical marijuana cultivation, testing, distribution, manufacturing and nurseries within the city of Oceanside following the approval of a regulatory fee schedule.

Following a nearly four-hour public hearing Wednesday night, the Oceanside City Council voted against an ordinance that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

The deciding vote against allowing dispensaries was cast by the city's newly appointed mayor, Peter Weiss. In January, Weiss replaced Mayor Jim Wood who retired after suffering a number of strokes.

The vote against medical marijuana dispensaries was a rejection of the recommendations of both the city's planning commission and its medicinal marijuana ad hoc committee.

The council did approve allowing medical marijuana cultivation, testing, distribution, manufacturing and nurseries within the city of Oceanside following the approval of a regulatory fee schedule. City staff said it would take an estimated 120 to 180 days to come back to the council with recommendations on the fee schedule.

Deliveries of medicinal marijuana from dispensaries in other jurisdictions will continue to be allowed.

Weiss joined Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss how the city plans to move forward on the new medical marijuana ordinance.

“Part of the problem is there’s not enough legal dispensaries currently in existence for the police department to adequately evaluate the impacts,” Weiss said, “and the police department recommendation was the city wait on moving forward on opening any type of dispensaries in order to give time to evaluate the concerns and problems other cities may be having — or may not be having — in regard to those dispensaries.”

Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery co-chaired the ad hoc committee that spent the last year drafting the ordinance.

“We’ve done a lot of work that hasn’t gone anywhere” Lowery said. “That’s quite frustrating.”

Advocates for legal marijuana dispensaries, like Dallin Young of the Association of Cannabis Professionals, said they are now dusting off plans for a citizen’s initiative, but it would not be placed on the ballot till 2020.

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