This map identifies the addresses of Cannabis Outlets with approved Conditional Use Permit numbers, associated discretionary project numbers, and dates of approval.
Testing for scientific research (including cannabis testing) that leads to the development of new products and processes is allowed as an Industrial Use. Testing Labs are permitted in limited commercial and industrial zones. Because these types of uses are allowed by right in specified zones and do not require the issuance of a development permit, these applications are not specifically tracked.
As mandated by the passage of The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Cannabis Act (Prop 64) on Nov. 8, 2016, San Diego Municipal Code (SDMC) regulations and ordinances now outline the City’s definition and requirements for cannabis businesses, including Cannabis Outlets, Cannabis Production Facilities and testing facilities.
Feb. 22, 2017 – The City adopts Ordinance No. O-20793, which replaces the MMCC use with a new retail sales use category, Cannabis Outlet. It became effective in areas of the City of San Diego outside of the Coastal Overlay Zone on April 12, 2017, and within the Coastal Overlay Zone on Oct. 12, 2017.
The City of San Diego has adopted local laws authorizing cannabis businesses within the City limits.
“It is not uncommon for investigators to find dangerous chemicals, illegal pesticides and other hazardous materials used at unlicensed marijuana grow sites,” the department’s statement said. “These dangerous materials may enter the local ground water supply and streams, creating extreme environmental hazards.”
Tons of marijuana have been discovered in law enforcement raids this year in rural Southern California areas.
Authorities raided an illegal marijuana farm in northern San Diego County on Friday, seizing 15,000 plants and 9 1/2 pounds of pot products with an estimated street value of more than $7.5 million, authorities said.
The marijuana may have been intended for sale at illegal dispensaries, authorities said.
Two weeks ago, authorities arrested 23 people and seized tens of millions of dollars worth of illegal marijuana grown in the Antelope Valley desert area north of Los Angeles.
If we want an effective ordinance that brings in revenue, is socially equitable and is beneficial to our community, we need to make our voices heard now. Experience tells us that banning illegal marijuana dispensaries is easy; enforcing the ban is expensive, and worse, futile. Experience tells us that banning marijuana billboards along California highways is easy; enforcing the ban took time and legal action. Even labeling has its challenges — a recent analysis of 75 edible marijuana products sold in Seattle, San Francisco and Seattle shows that current labeling is frighteningly unreliable, and that 83 percent of THC labels were incorrect.
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Research shows that early marijuana use is detrimental to youth. Not only is early marijuana use associated with poor school performance, higher dropout rates and impacted emotional health, a recent study finds that early cannabis use is linked to self-harm and mortality in youth already experiencing mood disorders. We need to pay special attention to these new findings today, since we know that many of our youth were hit especially hard socially and emotionally by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Research shows that early marijuana use is detrimental to youth.
In January, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to allow legal marijuana sales in unincorporated areas of the county. In its commitment to proactive community outreach, it is delaying the rollout of the permitting process. Supervisors are calling on all community groups in unincorporated areas to give as much input as possible before they begin to give permits.
We must be proactive by looking at all areas that we are currently failing, and start addressing them immediately. We must fight this head on and have plans in place for regulation, enforcement, prevention and intervention programs now. We must secure the budget to support the education about cannabis in our communities, how it affects our youth, and integrate school-based prevention, family-based prevention and community-based prevention programs to keep our children safe.
Grobner is a stay-at-home mom to 5-year-old and 7-year-old children who lives in Lakeside.
During this time, we need to broaden our proactive measures and make our voices heard. What can we do now to ensure a successful legalization process in the next six months? We need to call on the California Bureau of Cannabis Control to strengthen its accountability controls to prevent the declining safety of our children due to marijuana normalization. We need to focus on educating the public about its harmful effects on young people and protecting them.
Additionally, a recent analysis of poison control center calls shows that children are at increasing risk of accidental cannabis poisoning, including children younger than 5 years old. Some people are still under the assumption that cannabis cannot be overconsumed. Parents all over the country are learning the hard way that is not true. With the rise in children’s visits to emergency rooms from accidental cannabis consumption, the results can be trouble breathing, seizures, and, in the worst cases, children needing to be put in an intensive care unit on a ventilator. In 2017, California banned the use of cannabis edibles in the shapes of people, animals and fruit to protect children. We need to ask ourselves, is that enough to protect children?