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San Diego - Growing Marijuana Laws


Last updated 1/4/2016 at 9:11am

Deputy City Attorney Shannon Thomas, has issued a memo stating ways the new medical marijuana laws may allow San Diego to regulate and cultivate the drug within city limits.

The creation of new zoning regulations specific to the drug or simply allowing cultivation in all areas now zoned for agriculture has been welcomed by medical marijuana advocates.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the City Council, says the city may need to issue a temporary moratorium on cultivation while exploring any new regulations.

"Obviously the best news would be if they passed something, but any discussion that it’s an option they are considering is very positive," said Jessica McElfresh, a San Diego medical marijuana attorney. "It would provide clarification to the entire population of the city of San Diego where people can cultivate medical marijuana."

Opponents believe it would be another step in the wrong direction.

"It will just be cake icing for drug dealers," said Scott Chipman of San Diegans for Safe Neighborhoods. "Because now they will say the city has made it legal to grow marijuana in addition to making it legal to sell it."

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