SAN DIEGO — San Diego officials are proposing new cannabis regulations that would allow more dispensaries to open and would close a loophole that allows some existing dispensaries to avoid city scrutiny of their operations.The City Council’s Land Use and Housing Committee unanimously approved both proposed rule changes Thursday and forwarded them to the full council for final approval this fall.
Leaders of the local cannabis industry praised the proposals as sensible updates to city regulations, but critics of cannabis legalization say the changes would be another example of San Diego being too accommodating to businesses they say damage public health.
The first change is a reaction to San Diego’s once-a-decade re-drawing of boundaries for the city’s nine council districts based on population and demographic changes reflected in the 2020 U.S. Census.
Twelve of the 27 dispensaries with city permits will shift from one council district to another under the new boundaries, which take effect in November.
That significant upheaval matters because current city regulations allow no more than four dispensaries per council district.
The proposed rule change would allow council districts to have more than four if the re-drawn boundaries are the cause of such an increase. Only north coastal District 1 would see an increase to five permitted dispensaries, but the change would open other opportunities for more dispensaries. [Read More @ San Diego Union-Tribune]
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