Applications for pot shop permits skyrocket

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SAN DIEGO -- Marijuana dispensaries have taken center stage as 32 permits will be issued for law-abiding pot shops that pass the application process.

“We have shut down nearly all of the illegal ones that we could find,” said Jan Goldsmith, San Diego City attorney.

Scores of people filled a small church in Allied Gardens to voice their concerns regarding the possibility of marijuana dispensaries opening up in their community.

“These shops run more like drug dealers then legitimate businesses,” said anti-drug activist Scott Chapman. “We need to especially make sure that edibles never go near our children.”

So far, the city has limited the number of pot shop permits to four per district, making a total of 32.

Seventy applications have already been filed, and in some circumstances, those applications are backed by serious financial support.

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