Former lawmaker calls for Chula Vista to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Former Chula Vista City Councilman Rudy Ramirez was alongside residents who want the city to regulate dispensaries when they clashed with supporters of medical marijuana businesses Wednesday in South Bay.

Currently, there are four medical marijuana dispensaries on Third Avenue. Some residents think there are too many pot dispensaries along the street and they want to city to do something about it.

A medical cannabis customer was not happy to see Ramirez and some local residents as they knocked on the doors of four medical marijuana dispensaries on Third Avenue.

The dispensaries weren’t exactly happy to see the group either.

“We wanted to ask if they were a dispensary and they locked the doors. Then, in this last one, this guy comes out and is very rude to us," said Ramirez. "People have different points of view about this issue and we’re just hoping that the city of Chula Vista will address this issue.”

Ramirez is running for District 4 on the Chula Vista City Council. He told FOX 5 marijuana dispensaries have no specific laws on the books and therefore are illegal in Chula Vista.

“We’ve heard reports from local residents that there are groups of people who purchase their medical marijuana at these dispensaries and then sell it to young people and others in the community who don’t have prescriptions to have medical marijuana. There’s a whole assortment of other ancillary issues that come about from having as many dispensaries as we have in Chula Vista,” said Ramirez,

As the group walked on, taking down addresses, another man confronted them outside of the Cal Med Evaluations Office.

“Are you aware that we’re not doing anything illegal in this office, with product?” said Medical Cannabis Educator Bill Scher.

Cal Med does not sell medical marijuana, but patients can learn their legal rights and find out how to get medical marijuana cards and prescriptions.

“That’s a bunch of less than aware people trying to make a conscious impression to clean up their streets, and I’m all behind that stuff, but it’s misguided,” said Scher.

The group tells FOX 5 the city does not have laws on the books to hold dispensaries accountable. City Council will meet Tuesday and the group plans to file complaints against the medical cannabis businesses and ask the city to take action.

“There’s a criminal element that revolves around these businesses. We want to address that, not the legal medical uses of marijuana,” said Ramirez.