A group of medicinal marijuana collectives in San Diego will unveil a ballot measure this week that could generate operating zones and standards, create a registration system, impose a fee to aid the city, and impose a tax on brick and mortar dispensaries.
The move by Citizens for Patient Rights comes in the midst of a state-wide campaign to close down medical cannabis dispensaries throughout California. Many local collectives have shut down in the two months since U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy informed that marijuana sales and distribution were outlawed under federal law, which property owners risk criminal prosecution and possible loss of their property if the dispensaries didn’t close.
The ballot measure would need dispensaries to work outside of residences and a minimum of 600 feet from schools, play areas and other places that children gather. It would show requirements for protection at dispensaries, set rules with regard to their appearance and require that personnel undergo background inspections.
Collectives also would consent to compensate the city for expenses to supervise the program and enforce a supplemental sales tax on themselves that may simply be used locally. Proponents haven’t concluded on a tax rate.
This new legislation is clearly a step in the right direction for San Diego’s medical cannabis community. Simply put, it’s better to have well-regulated dispensaries than no dispensaries at all.
Look, if I had my way, marijuana dispensaries would replace McDonals all over the county. It’d make the country a much happier and even happier place. But until Wiz Khalifa become president, we probably won’t be saying that anytime soon.