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On Tuesday, September 13 Chula Vista's elected officials will discuss whether to deliver the final blow for those looking to open storefront marijuana dispensaries. At tomorrow's hearing, the council will consider creating a new chapter in the municipal code that will prohibit any "fixed facility or location where three or more individuals are involved in the sale, transmission, cultivation or distribution of medical marijuana."

After holding two public meetings in May and June of this year, a public safety committee recommended banning retail storefronts while allowing delivery to health clinics, and residential care facilities that house patients with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

The issue has been lingering around City Hall for years. City councilmembers and Mayor Cheryl Cox first implemented a 45-day moratorium in July 2009. Since then, the ban on prescription buds has been extended.

During tomorrow's meeting, the council will decide whether to adopt the committee's recommendations, though, not without cost.

According to the staff report, the fiscal impact of the new ordinance is high, though not quantifiable. "To date, significant staff time has been expended...additional staff expenses are anticipated."

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Gail Powell Sept. 12, 2011 @ 2:15 p.m.

If those yahoos down in Chula Juana have half a brain in their heads, they better be careful about banning dispensaries. Mayor Cheryl Cox is taking a STUPID play out of the Bonnie Dumanis handbook of harassing legitimate medical marijuana dispensary patients by making it hard to acquire their medications. I think I can see the future and it says: LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY OF CHULA JUANA, if this short-sighted and ill-advised measure passes.


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