San Diego Approves First Dispensary under New Zoning Laws

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on February 5, 2015 · 0 comments

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The City of San Diego approved its first dispensary license under complicated new zoning rules that were approved this past winter.


The zoning laws were challenged by a group of medical marijuana advocates on the grounds that there would be so few dispensaries under the new rules that the additional traffic on the road would cause air pollution. But for now, they restrict San Diego to 36 total dispensaries and only allow for four in each city council district. Currently, there are over 100 illegal medical marijuana dispensaries in operation in the county.


A Green Alternative will be the first legal dispensary to open in the city. However, some residents think the location is too close to family businesses, like fast-food restaurants. City officials still have not decided if the legal dispensaries will be allowed to sell marijuana edibles.


It’s still possible for the application to be appealed; opponents have 10 days to do so, and must provide a reason that’s related to land use.


Only one other dispensary is currently operating legally in San Diego County. It was approved in El Cajon in late July of this year. Additional hearings are scheduled for four more legal dispensaries in Clairemont, Pacific Beach, one near the sports arena midway and one on the southeast side of the city.


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