Regulating Marijuana Dispensaries
Posted by Councilmember Englander on August 19, 2016 at 5:30 PM
This week City Council voted to support California State Assembly Bill 2385 (Jones-Sawyer), which would exempt the City from the local licensing requirement of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA). The City is taking steps to continue regulating medical marijuana, as State regulations continue to shape up. AB 2385 is a "stop gap" measure to ensure the City has options in regulating medical marijuana.
MMRSA, signed into state law in 2015, requires all medical marijuana businesses (MMB), or persons engaging in commercial marijuana activities, to obtain both a state license and local permit in order to operate lawfully within California. However under Prop D, the City does not issue a permit or license to medical marijuana dispensaries (MMD).
Without a regulatory framework to control the sale, distribution and cultivation of marijuana the City could regress back to the days of thousands of unregulated dispensaries on every corner. If voters pass Proposition 64 in November, which would legalize recreational marijuana use, the City must be prepared for the aftermath.
Click here to view the full resolution. Click here to read the City Legislative Analyst report.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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