San Diego Passes Restrictive Dispensary Regulations

San Diego has finally paved the way for medical marijuana dispensaries, though it will cap the number of centers and implement strict location regulations.

The San Diego City Council voted 8-1 on Tuesday to recognize and regulate dispensaries by passing a set of zoning rules for the businesses. Under the rules, a total of 30 dispensaries can operate in the city.

A plan allowing for 131 dispensaries throughout the city limits was originally presented to the city council. That number was based on a study by the San Diego Association of Governments.

But the plan was amended to allow just 30 shops in a bid to limit the size of the industry. That will force many dispensaries to close. The city council estimates that more than 100 dispensaries currently operate  in the city.

The move to change San Diego’s medical marijuana laws comes after a turbulent period that saw hundreds of dispensaries open rapidly several years ago and then close just as quickly after the city began a crackdown in 2011. Some dispensaries reopened over the past year amid lax enforcement, but the industry is a fraction of its former size.

The new zoning rules limit dispensaries to commercial and industrial zones, and require them to be at least 1,000 feet from schools, playgrounds, libraries, childcare facilities, parks, churches and other dispensaries. And dispensaries will not be allowed to have a medical professional on-site.

Under a 2011 zoning plan, the city could have had up to 271 dispensaries. That law initially passed, however advocates who considered it too restrictive collected enough signatures to force the council to reconsider it.

Under the new law, prospective dispensary owners would also apply for a five-year conditional-use permit. That permit would also carry a fee of between $8,000 to $24,000.

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One comment on “San Diego Passes Restrictive Dispensary Regulations
  1. William W. West on

    What people fail to see is this is the same style as Teflon Don Duncan did in L.A. leaving 134 legally open in that area. This was said to control the amount of traffic these business’s were doing.
    Ironically if you close down the number of outlets it bottlenecks the remaining business’s more thus bringing more traffic to the ones allowed to remain open. “Measure D” (Duncan)
    It also controls the money being made. Using “Grandfathered in” as the excuse to segregate and monopolize L.A.’s Pot market. What better way to eliminate competition that have law enforcement do it for you. Also something one may want to notice are the remaining shops opened in L.A. are or were A.S.A. supporters. Reminds me of mafia tactics during prohibition.
    Past stories showed how A.S.A.’s Don Duncan came to cities most of which he had investments in to created “Stricter Regulations / Stricter Guidelines” for cities to follow to legally eliminate “the want nots” that coincides with Teflon Don Duncan’s shops as “The Perfect Models’ for cities to use. All a cover to control all sales of medical marijuana.
    Seems funny when you think about it, Liasian Eugene Davidovich with Teflon Don Duncan’s backing supported and help promote El Cajon’s Mother Earth’s Healing Alternative. Covering the costs by using “investors” for a “non profit” business appears ironic, investors expect a “return” which has to come from some type of “profit”. It has nothing to do with patients / prop 215, it’s all about the money. Control the product, control the price. Business 101.
    When approached and confronted, to silence the truth by making false copyright infringement claims against an activist photographer/ videographer, having his youtube account closed (ImStoned) using their influences to have others write youtube, after three complaints you are remover! This persons work was then used by A.S.A. to promote themselves as medical marijuana activist by Eugene Davidovich who by the way did not own a camera until 2-3 years after this. This person was one of the few that documented San Diego’s medical marijuana movement freely since 2005.

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