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First Fully Licensed Dispensary To Open In San Diego


San Diego medical marijuana bob filner proposalSan Diego has had medical marijuana dispensaries for a long time. However, they operated against the city’s will, and have been the target of raids for about as long as they have existed. San Diego has been at the epicenter of the battle against medical marijuana dispensaries, but a new era is about to begin. The City of San Diego has issued its first dispensary license to a dispensary that is operating within city limits. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

The city granted Blair initial approval last October, but a drug prevention specialist appealed the decision. On Thursday, the city’s planning commission unanimously rejected the appeal and gave Blair the go-ahead.

The move could mark a turning point for San Diego, which has struggled for years with illegal MMJ operations while trying to set up acomprehensive regulatory system for those eager to work within the confines of the law, such as Blair.

The city will ultimately allow up to four dispensaries in each city council district, for a total of 30. Just under a year ago, the San Diego city council estimated that there were over 100 dispensaries in operation within the city’s borders.

This is good and bad news for safe access in San Diego. On one hand, it’s the first of many dispensary licenses to be issued. On the other hand, it’s the writing on the wall for some dispensaries that have operated in San Diego for many years that will likely not get a license. Do you live in San Diego? What do you think of this license being issued? Do you feel that this regulated approach is better than what’s been going on the last several years? Or do you feel that there should be unimpeded access to licenses for anyone that wants to open a dispensary?


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  1. It is absolutely what needs to happen. The whole process of basically catering to the criminal contingent has to stop. The black market wants to be a useful member of society finally? Awesome, but they should have to compete with the rest of those who wish to try their hand at legalized farming, distributing, and/or retailing.

  2. One of the cartels finally opted to go legit and spend the money needed to grease the right palms eh? Took them long enough to figure out how to do it right.

  3. So how many plants are patients allowed to grow themselves in Chula Vista? Are these legal dispensaries going to have to grow their own medicines?

  4. I guess the regulated approach is better for the ones that get a license, but is it better for patients? Probably not. We are facing problems with dispensaries in our state. There are only 23 lic. in the whole state. Some of the producer/dispensaries are not only less than compassionate and serve up marginal medicine, but are also taking up the spots of people who want a license and have much more to offer patients. An open market is the best answer, and will weed out the inferior products and services, but that is probably a pipe dream.

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