Santa Ana Again Takes Up Medical Marijuana Outlets

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The Santa Ana City Council, wrestling with a proposed ballot initiative to regulate medical marijuana outlets, is scheduled to vote Tuesday on staff suggestions for city control of where and when they could operate.

In addition, city staff is recommending the plan authorize the City Council to make future changes in the proposed law without seeking voter approval.

The suggestions are based on numerous recommendations from city council members and public comments.

Among other things, the staff is recommending the estimated number of medical marijuana outlets be increased from 12 to 15, hours be limited to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays and that only adults 21 and over be allowed to enter unless accompanied by parents, a licensed doctor or other legally responsible care giver or guardian.

If passed by voters in November, the ordinance would tax the outlets, known as collectives or cooperatives. Currently, there are about 150 dispensaries and competition for the estimated 15 spots is expected to mean hefty campaign contributions to elected city officials.

The city council meeting begins at 5:45 p.m. To read the staff report, click here. 

Please contact Tracy Wood directly at twood@voiceofoc.org and follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/tracyVOC.

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