San Diego Approves Rules For Medical Pot Shops

CBS Sacramento

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego passed regulations Tuesday to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to legally operate in the city.

The City Council voted 8-1 in favor of new zoning laws allowing up to 30 pot shops in some commercial and industrial areas, U-T San Diego reported. The move is a step toward culminating a yearslong tug-of-war between patient advocates and those fearing harmful effects on neighborhoods and comes after the council rejected loose restrictions last April.

Councilman Mark Kersey was the only dissenter, saying he couldn’t support the plan because the drug remains illegal under federal law.

The ordinance limits four dispensaries to each of the city’s nine council districts, and the pot shops must be 1,000 feet from each other and from schools, parks, churches and other facilities. No more than 30 can open because three of the districts had fewer than four possible locations under the new…

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