Medical Marijuana Patients Sue San Diego

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 27, 2014 · 0 comments

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Medical marijuana patients in San Diego are suing the city over its decision to allow just 36 dispensaries in all of San Diego. They say the restrictions are short-sighted and that the city failed to conduct an environmental assessment before approving the plan.


The Coastal Commission approved a new San Diego city ordinance on March 25 that would allow only four dispensaries per council district, with a max of 36. However, because of additional restrictions, only 30 dispensaries could be legally zoned. The zoning restrictions would only allow dispensaries and cooperatives in industrial areas and also require buffer zones between cooperatives and residential areas.


Medical marijuana patients say these overly strict regulations will cause increased traffic and pollution since San Diego’s estimated 26,000 medical marijuana patients will have to drive farther to find a dispensary.


They also say the new zoning will lead to an increase in illegal indoor growing operations, which will increase electricity usage and produce even more pollution. They cited numbers that showed that after legalization in 1996, electricity usage in Humboldt County, which had a greater instance of indoor cultivation, increased by 50 percent.


The lawsuit is being brought by the Union of Medical marijuana Patients, a nonprofit civil rights organization based in Los Angeles.


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