COSTA MESA – – A recent appeals court decision that cities should not invoke federal law as grounds for banning medical marijuana dispensaries has prompted Costa Mesa to revise its ban on the facilities. The Planning Commission voted 4-1 to recommend a revision of the ban to the City Council. The new ordinance would state that the city has never sought prosecution of medical marijuana dispensaries and “does not intend to do so in the future.” However, it would leave misdemeanor and infraction penalties in place, even though the Fourth District Court of Appeal frowned on criminalizing dispensaries “solely on the basis” of medical marijuana activities.
Supervisors Shawn Nelson and John Moorlach voted against the moratorium, leaving it short of the four votes it needed. Moorlach said there was no urgency for county officials to issue a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, because nobody has asked for the required special use permit. Supervisor Patricia Bates said she was worried about not having a plan in place by Jan. 1 if voters approve Proposition 19. “I don’t want to turn people away and then get lawsuits,” Bates said.
Long Beach allows medical-marijuana collectives to operate within city limits. For a very heavy price. If I’m not mistaken, the heaviest price in the country. Ironically, the price is heaviest on the smallest collectives. In fiscal terms, our City treats collectives with as few as four (4) members exactly the same as a collective with 500 members.
LONG BEACH – The dreams of 11 medical marijuana collectives went up in smoke Monday afternoon. The collectives will be forced to close after they lost a lottery held Monday in the City Council chamber at City Hall. The lottery is part of the permitting process established under Long Beach’s new medical marijuana law and determined which collectives can move forward to the next stage in the process. Thirty-two out of 43 collectives that had submitted permit applications will do just that, although for some, the lottery was just a formality.
The Senate is awaiting a vote on a bill that would double penalties for any edible products combined with medical marijuana in California and other states that provide relief for patients. S. 258, the Saving Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act, was introduced by Sen. Diane Feinstein and is using a media scare about “candy flavored methamphetamine” to attack medical marijuana patients and providers.