City Council Approves New Marijuana Dispensary Regulations
San Diego City Council votes to confine and zone marijuana dispensaries away from homes and schools
The San Diego City Council voted Tuesday to confine marijuana dispensaries to light industrial and commercial areas of the city, at least 600 feet from homes and other sensitive areas. The new restrictions are incorporated in two ordinances — one on zoning restrictions and the other on public safety — that were approved by council members on 5-2 votes. Carl DeMaio and Lorie Zapf dissented, and David Alvarez was absent. The regulations will end “15 years of uncertainty” since California’s Compassionate Use Act became law, City Councilman Todd Gloria said. The current environment has allowed marijuana dispensaries to flourish in San Diego without rules, pitting neighborhoods against patients seeking safe access to the drug, Gloria said.