SD Council says ‘wait a second’ to recreational pot

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SAN DIEGO -- California joined several other states and the District of Columbia last week when voters approved Proposition 64, the measure that legalizes the sale of recreational marijuana and the ability to grow up to six marijuana plants in one's home. But it’s going to be awhile before anybody without a prescription for medical pot will be able to buy weed in America’s Finest City.

San Diego’s Land Use and Housing Committee voted Wednesday to out a 45 day pause on issuing any zoning permits.

"Let’s pause here and think this through so that our citizens are safe and so we have good policies in place that are best for families," said Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, who chairs the committee.

Citizens that came forward to speak to the committee said  the work done for medical marijuana zoning should be used to help craft new legislation.

As the mother of two teenage daughters, Zapf said she’s deeply concerned about things like edibles that have caused health issues in Colorado and Washington State.

“Kids are getting sick,there’s no dosage on the wrappers. There’s lots of safety issues,” she said.

Three other cities in San Diego County have already passed 45-day moratoriums on the sale of recreational pot - Poway, Santee and San Marcos. Odds are San Diego will follow at the next city council meeting, set for Monday, December 5.