Tonight, March 16th, the Ocean Beach Planning Board is holding a Special Meeting on the new proposed ordinance regulating Medical Marijuana dispensaries that is going before the San Diego City Council. If passed in its current form, the ordinance would effectively ban all dispensaries in Ocean Beach and throughout most of San Diego.
The special public forum is at 6:30 pm at the OB Recreation Center, at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. The Board is requesting that OBcians attend and give them views of the community on this issue. The Board will probably take a position at the end of the forum and pass it on to the City.
The proposed ordinance is expected to go before the full City Council on Monday, March 28th.
The restrictions in the new ordinance go way beyond those recommended by the Medical Marijuana Task Force, and would limit dispensaries in the following ways:
- No dispensary within 1,000 feet of a place of worship;
- No dispensary within 1,000 feet of any park;
- No dispensary within 1,000 feet of any school;
- No dispensary within 1,000 feet of any playground;
- No dispensary within 1,000 feet of any library;
- No dispensary within 1,000 feet of any childcare facility or youth facility;
- No dispensary within 1,000 feet of any other dispensary;
- Dispensaries only allowed in three commercial zones: commercial regional, commercial office, and commercial community – and only if no residential uses are permitted;
- Dispensaries would be required to obtain a Process 4 conditional-use permit – to be approved by the City Council;
- Dispensaries would be required to show proof of their non-profit status;
- Dispensaries would be required to only operate between the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week;
- There would be no “grandparenting” of current operating dispensaries.
These restricting would doom any dispensaries from operating in Ocean Beach at all, despite the popular passage of the Medical Marijuana law – Prop 215 – by the people of the State of California 15 years ago, and despite the over 3 million California voters who approved of direct legalization of marijuana last Fall.