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 email@example.com and follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/tracyVOC.
Since you've made it this far,
You are obviously connected to your community and value good journalism. As an independent and local nonprofit, our news is accessible to all, regardless of what they can afford. Our newsroom centers on Orange County’s civic and cultural life, not ad-driven clickbait. Our reporters hold powerful interests accountable to protect your quality of life. But it’s not free to produce. It depends on donors like you.
Join the conversation: In lieu of comments, we encourage readers to engage with us across a variety of mediums. Join our Facebook discussion. Message us via our website or staff page. Send us a secure tip. Share your thoughts in a community opinion piece.