New San Diego Medical Pot Proposal Has Big Loopholes |

That ordinance explicitly authorized 36 co-ops in San Diego, four in each of the nine council districts. Because of other restrictions, dispensaries are expected as a practical matter to be limited to 30 citywide. The follow-up ordinance lays out the permits required, authorizes the city to establish fees to cover the cost of processing permits, requires fingerprinting and background checks of people involved with the cooperatives and requires that co-ops operate on a nonprofit basis. Importantly, it also requires basic labeling of marijuana sold in dispensaries, including warning labels on edible marijuana products and concentrates such as hashish oil. If there is going to be medical marijuana at all, those provisions are not just reasonable and good, but necessary. But some drug-abuse prevention advocates are rightly concerned that the ordinance fails to address important issues. First, they argue, there should be a provision requiring the 60 marijuana dispensaries they say are still operating illegally in the city to first close down before City Hall attempts to regulate new storefronts. That makes sense. Second, they seek specific language in the new ordinance regulating the 90 marijuana delivery services they list as now operating in the city. The delivery services largely escaped the earlier crackdowns by the offices of U.S.
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