Should City Regulate Medical Marijuana Edibles, Concentrates? | Kpbs

Riffel / City News Service San Diego City Council members have called for a study on how, or whether, to regulate medical marijuana that comes in edible or concentrated forms. The council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee met Wednesday and looked into a series of proposed amendments to the municipal code, brought about by recent action that will soon allow dispensaries to operate legally in San Diego. Committee Chairwoman Marti Emerald said she wanted the changes to go through only if they allowed dried plant material but not edibles or oils unless there was some way to certify them as safe. The city, county and state don’t have systems to certify medical marijuana, she said. “Because the city cannot determine the safety of marijuana concentrates and edibles, as a public policy-maker I feel compelled to err on the side of caution,” Emerald said. However, council members Myrtle Cole and Ed Harris said the issue should be studied by city staff. Harris said a city ban could “force this material to be produced in someone’s garage or some other way that is not as safe.” Some medical marijuana advocates who spoke during about an hour and a half of public testimony said it’s often the sickest people who consume the edible or concentrated forms. The City Council gave final approval last month to medical marijuana land-use regulations that will allow dispensaries to operate legally, 18 years after state voters passed the Compassionate Use Act.
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