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San Diego Cities Consider Fighting Back Against Proposed State Pot Regulations

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Above: A marijuana plant is shown in this undated photo.

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control is in the middle of taking public comment for recently proposed regulations.

San Marcos and El Cajon city officials are worried about where marijuana delivery services are allowed to operate. The Bureau of Cannabis Control is considering adding a provision that stipulates, “a delivery employee may deliver to any jurisdiction within the State of California.”

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In El Cajon, sales of “cannabis goods” are not allowed for storefronts or deliveries.

"We’ve been against the proliferation of cannabis in El Cajon from pretty much every perspective," said El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells.

The El Cajon City Council will consider Tuesday sending a letter to Bureau of Cannabis Control in opposition to allowing deliveries anywhere in the state.

"Proposition 64 was pretty clear that part of the trade off was cities would be able to have some control over how marijuana is dispensed," Wells said. "We think that this new push to allow delivery inside the city is really outside of the spirit of (Proposition) 64 which in essence takes away our local control."

The Bureau of Cannabis Control said the public comment period ends on Aug. 27 and will have finalized regulations by the first week of December.

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The Bureau of Cannabis Control already believes licensed marijuana deliveries are already legal under state law to any California jurisdiction. A spokesman said part of the newly proposed regulations are meant to clear up any confusion. Some critics, like the League of California Cities, disagree and said the existing law is vague.

Reported by Kris Arciaga

This week the city council’s of El Cajon and San Marcos are considering sending letters in opposition to proposed state pot rules specifically concerning marijuana deliveries.


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