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Filner moves to legalize pot dispensaries

SAN DIEGO – Mayor Bob Filner published his proposal Thursday to allow marijuana dispensaries to operate legally in San Diego.

Under the proposed measure, the dispensaries would be prohibited to open shop near schools, abiding that way to state law.

But it proposes no distance requirements from churches, libraries, residential buildings or even child care facilities.

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 9.55.06 PMDispensaries would also be given limited freedoms to promote their product.

Owners would also have to pay a 2 percent excise tax and a $5,000 operating permit.

San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said a new ordinance could help regulate a growing number of what he describes are “unlawful dispensaries” currently operating across the city.

“It is illegal for them to operate, but the mayor and City Council have the authority to change that,” said Goldsmith.

But Goldsmith also said a new marijuana dispensaries ordinance could conflict with federal law, which he said currently prohibits these establishments.

Filner has told Fox 5 in the past that the purpose behind his proposal is to help people who depend on marijuana for comfort of severe pain caused by chronic illnesses.

“The pain used to be almost unbearable,” said 69-year-old Ken Cole.

Cole suffers from bone marrow cancer and diabetes; he also has a blind eye.

“This is the only thing that helps me get a good night’s rest,” said Cole. “It keeps me from being a vegetable.”


9 Comments to “Filner moves to legalize pot dispensaries”

    steven greenwald said:
    April 19, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    legalize marijuana as advocated by the california medical association.. sell it like e do spinach or celery

    Monoxide said:
    April 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Gee I wonder how medicinal beer and cigarettes are vs. MJ.

    The Feds want you to die, that's why they legalized these poisons rather than a plant that helps the sick. Shows where their heads are quite well.

    Asking said:
    April 19, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Ever notice when news stories are written about alcohol the term used is "abuse" alcohol and when mj is mentioned the term is "use"?

    Keep your eye out for that, you'll see.

    guest said:
    April 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    One way to ensure reelection is to keep your constituents stoned.

    Stuart said:
    April 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Never heard of someone overdosing on herb!

    lakota said:
    April 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Happy 4/20 weekend to all of the cannabis connoisseurs out there! Remember to smoke out responsibly… http://weedist.com

    Alice Bowie said:
    April 19, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    I wish I had a ball of hash right….now

    thechurchofchrismartin said:
    April 19, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Thank you to Mayor Filner for keeping his promises. When he was just a struggling hopeful in a crowded pack of ambitious mayoral candidates, the medical marijuana activists threw their substantial support behind him. I am happy to see that he is a man of his word. Someday soon we will all realize just how helpful medicinal marijuana really is.

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