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A loose coalition of medical marijuana advocates and supporters put together a protest march in front of the Federal Courthouse on Monday, March 28. Starting at 12 noon, an estimated 100 or so activists began to wave signs and banners at passing automobiles and downtown pedestrians.

Medical marijuana activist Eugene Davidovich grabbed a megaphone and started the group chanting, "Regulate, don't eliminate," in reference to the San Diego City Council’s vote on pot dispensaries that was scheduled for 2 p.m. Some activists feared the council would vote to immediately shutdown every collective in the city.

At 1:00 p.m., protesters marched up Broadway to Second Avenue with a police-motorcycle escort. They made their way across Broadway and regrouped in front of City Hall, where they continued their boisterous protesting amid the honking of passing motorists’ horns. The group entered city council chambers around 2:00 p.m.

After hearing several hours of public comment, the council voted 5-2 (District 8‘s David Alvarez was not present) to establish a zoning ordinance that requires pot pharmacies not be located closer than 600 feet of libraries, parks, churches, schools, child-care facilities, or other dispensaries. Those dispensaries now operating in violation of the new ordinance have 30 days to close their doors.

Another ordinance passed by the council requires fingerprinting of dispensary owners and operators.

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2crudedudes March 31, 2011 @ 8:08 a.m.

If dispensaries are supposed to be for medical purposes, why are they being re-zoned as if they were recreational areas like bars?

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WhatsNewPussycat April 12, 2011 @ 8:57 p.m.

Where are smokers with doctors recommendations going to buy weed now that dispensaries are being forced to close? Vista is the closest town to San Diego that has the highest concentration of dispensaries. Who wants to drive all the way out to Vista?

Dispensaries who want to sell weed in the city of San Diego will have to go through an application process. That application process will take one year to complete. That's a virtual, automatic, one year ban on all dispensaries.

Also, due to the 600 foot proximity restriction ordinance that will become law, the approximate 150 San Diego dispensaries now in operation will be whittled down to a very small number of sellers. That makes it a sellers market. Though I would think the government will closely monitor the new establishments. The government might think about placing Bonnie Dumanis's office in a Otay Mesa dispensary.

The Reader stands to lose a lot of advertising dollars as will City Beat. Wasn't the San Diego City Council supposed to ratify the strict new law today, Tuesday, 4.12.11? If you live in Vista how are the dispensaries in your town, good quality medicinal smoke with fair prices or worse?

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