San Diego Going to POT

Medical marijuana has been legal in California for several years.  Recreational marijuana will become legal on January 1, 2018.  The State is still working on regulations for the sale of pot—potency, hours of sale, method of sale, pesticides used in the growing of marijuana, etc.  Cities and Counties are working on special sales taxes for recreational pot—in Colorado it can be up to 25% in some places.  Cities like Coalinga, Tulare and Del Rey Oaks, among others are using marijuana revenues to save themselves from bankruptcy—mostly due to the massive CalPRS contribution increases.

“It was a big day for the commercial cannabis industry in San Diego Monday, as city council members weighed approval of marijuana cultivation, distribution and testing within city limits. Ultimately, by a 6 to 3 vote, the council decided it would, approving a set of new regulations to govern the “supply side” of the bourgeoning cannabis industry.

Under the new rules, 40 businesses in light and heavy industrial zones may obtain conditional use permits to manufacture and test cannabis products in San Diego. Separate rules for the city’s 11 marijuana dispensaries are already in place and were not part of Monday’s discussions.”

While the cities mentioned above are small town, San Diego is a major population center, with millions of people in and around the City. This will lead other cities in financial crisis to come to terms with the new state law.  Like it or not we are entering a period like that after December 5, 1933—the day prohibition ended.

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San Diego Ok’s Pot Manufacturing and Testing Within City Limits

California City News, 09/12/2017

It was a big day for the commercial cannabis industry in San Diego Monday, as city council members weighed approval of marijuana cultivation, distribution and testing within city limits. Ultimately, by a 6 to 3 vote, the council decided it would, approving a set of new regulations to govern the “supply side” of the bourgeoning cannabis industry.

Under the new rules, 40 businesses in light and heavy industrial zones may obtain conditional use permits to manufacture and test cannabis products in San Diego. Separate rules for the city’s 11 marijuana dispensaries are already in place and were not part of Monday’s discussions.

Council Members Lori Zapf, Chris Cate, and Scott Sherman voted against the measure.

“I can’t believe this is the message we’re sending to our kids,” said Zapf in a speech that elicited boos from marijuana advocates in attendance. “I just won’t have any part of it.”

Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman initially wanted an all-out ban on commercial pot, citing increased criminal activity surrounding the legal dispensaries the city already has. She has since come around on some of the testing facilities only.

Read more about Monday’s vote here.

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