City Council to vote on pot cooperative rules today

City News Service

The San Diego City Council will decide today whether to approve two ordinances that would place greater restrictions and oversight on medical marijuana cooperatives and their operators.

The first ordinance would require cooperatives, also called medical marijuana dispensaries, to obtain permits and would prevent them from operating within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, churches, child care centers, libraries and other medical marijuana cooperatives.

The second would require people responsible for operating cooperatives to undergo fingerprinting and would allow the City of San Diego to conduct background checks and audits of the cooperatives' operations. Any person who has been convicted of a violent felony in the past seven years would not be allowed to oversee a cooperative.

It would also enforce packaging and labeling requirements for medical marijuana edible products.

"There still remains a lack of clarity in where and how medical marijuana cooperatives can operate," said City Councilman Todd Gloria. "The status quo is unacceptable, and these ordinances are long overdue."



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