Scott Marks 2:48 p.m., May 23
The ordinance being proposed by Imperial Beach City Manager Gary Brown doesn't ban the use of medical marijuana, it just, well, prohibits any dispensaries from distributing it.
"Large-scale dispensaries are inconsistent with the City's character," reads a 617-page report to the city council. "The City is a small beach community seeking to attract tourism. Adding dispensaries, with their attendant crime, is inconsistent with their objective."
Brown says the city's size is the reason for the ban. According to the report, if Imperial Beach implemented the same regulations passed by county supervisors and San Diego city councilmembers, then zero locations would be suitable for opening a dispensary. And, of course, easing those regulations grants patients too much access.
Instead all residents have to do is visit nearby dispensaries outside of the city limits. To show that there were ample options for patients, the report included a list of nearby dispensaries from weedmaps.com.
Despite the close proximity to nearby dispensaries, many Imperial Beach residents oppose the ordinance, claiming the ordinance violates Proposition 215. Brown's report included more than 260 opposition letters sent by Imperial Beach residents. The city council will discuss the issue at a June 15 meeting.