CHICOPEE – A plan to delay the opening of any recreational marijuana facility for one year made it through the first legislative step but still needs more study before it is adopted.
The City Council’s Zoning Committee approved the plan to wait at least a year before granting any permit to open a facility in the city. The City Council then voted 13-0 on Wednesday to send the proposal to its Ordinance Committee so the regulations could be drafted. The full City Council will have to take a final vote on the ordinance when it is created.
“We want to make sure there will not be mom and pop shops, or mom and pot shops, popping up on every corner,” City Councilor Shane D. Brooks said.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Join patients, advocates, and concerned citizens on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 10am at San Diego City Hall 202 C St. San Diego, CA 92101
That day, City Council will be discussing and voting on a newly written and revised ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries in the City of San Diego.
We need all patients and supporters to come out, sign in to speak, and urge city council to approve the ordinance without delay. Over the years, medical marijuana patients in San Diego have endured raids, lawsuits, eradication efforts, and outright misinformation about medical marijuana. Now we have a Mayor who is willing to stand up and advocate for compassion rather then eradication.
Mark your calendars, spread the word, and help create permanent safe access in San Diego!
WHAT: SD City Council Vote on MMJ Ordinance
WHEN: 3/5/2013 – 10am
WHERE: 202 C St. (12th Floor) San Diego, CA 92101
Fore more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Los Angeles City Clerk announced Monday that proponents of a ballot measure aimed at imposing a $60 business tax on every $1,000 worth of marijuana sold in Los Angeles had gathered enough signatures on a qualifying petition—and that the Los Angeles City Council is required to submit the proposal for a public vote.
Because the measure contains tax provisions adopted by voters under “Measure M” in the March 8, 2011, elections, the City Council “must submit the proposed ordinance to a vote of the electorate at the next election at which all the qualified voters of the City are entitled to vote,” City Clerk June Lagmay said.
The announcement by Lagmay comes five days after a separate initiative also garnered enough signatures to be sent to the City Council. With that measure, which would create an ordinance limiting the number of marijuana storefronts in the city to 100, operating under stricter regulations, the council has three options: Adopt the ordinance; call a special election; or place it on the ballot of the city election on May 21.
Both petitions gathered the mandatory 41,138 signatures, following a random sampling procedure in which at least 5 percent of all the signatures were examined, according to the city clerk.
The City Council voted in July 2012 to ban all storefront dispensaries but reversed its decision three months later when medical marijuana supporters gathered enough signatures to repeal the ban. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office last year proposed a “Limited Immunity Ordinance” that would exempt a certain number of marijuana clinics from enforcement, in accordance with a plan proposed by Councilman Paul Koretz.
The City Council is expected to address the proposal to tax marijuana clinics before Jan. 30, according to the city clerk’s statement.