Costa Mesa Rejects Medical Marijuana Initiative

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on December 7, 2014 · 0 comments

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Costa Mesa has rejected a voter initiative that would have regulated medical marijuana. The city council was considering putting the initiative on the November ballot.


The city council rejected the measure, which some called the best in the state, after just a few hours of debate. The initiative concerned a proposed city ordinance, which would have regulated medical marijuana businesses in the city. It gave the city substantial oversight over dispensaries, as well as requiring strong security measures, imposed zoning restrictions, and prohibited on-site doctor recommendations for medical marijuana.


Some Costa Mesa councilmembers expressed concerns that the measure lacked the input of local police and other councilmembers.             Others were concerned that the proposal would be overruled by any potential State regulations, such as the League of California Cities and California Police Chiefs Association-backed Senate Bill 1262, which was killed in the California State Assembly earlier this summer but will be taken up again in January. But the creator of the initiative, Councilman Gary Monahan, said the regulations would mesh well with Senator Lou Correa’s statewide regulation proposal.


Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer said the proposed regulations would require too much manpower from the city to enforce.


Currently, two other Costa Mesa marijuana initiatives are being developed, either of which could prompt a special election early next year.


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