Santa Ana Moving to Regulate Medical Marijuana

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 12, 2014 · 0 comments

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As cities in California grapple with whether to embrace medical marijuana or take a NIMBY approach and ban it altogether, Santa Ana is ready to put it’s new city regulations to a vote.


The city council heard the proposal in June, presented by Santa Ana officials. They propose to limit the number of dispensary licenses to eight for the entire city, tax sales at a 10 percent rate, and restrict dispensary locations to one part of the city.


The city-backed initiative will be up against a proposal written by medical marijuana collectives. Their initiative would allow dispensaries to locate anywhere within Santa Ana in accordance with state law, would tax sales at a rate of 2.5 percent, and limit dispensary licenses based on population. They would start with licensing for 12 and go up from there with population growth.


Medical marijuana patients say it’s not fair to target medical marijuana with a city tax when they don’t have to pay additional taxes on prescription drugs for the same conditions.


Currently there are around 50 illegal medical marijuana dispensaries operating in Santa Ana. City officials are hoping to limit the presence of dispensaries in Santa Ana, but allow some to operate in order to take in revenue. Voters will decide which proposal to adopt in the November 2014 elections.


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