Day care centers in La Mesa and Lemon Grove have been getting some strange offers. Marijuana entrepreneurs have been knocking on their doors, offering the owners money and other deals to either relocate or shut down.
Last year, residents in both cities voted to allow medical marijuana dispensaries. But the measures prohibit dispensaries from being too close to places like schools, churches, public parks and day care centers.
It turns out that’s more restrictive than you might realize – small, in-home day care centers are all over the place. In small cities like Lemon Grove, there aren’t many properties that are more than 1,000 feet away from one.
That’s a problem as a green rush envelops the state, with entrepreneurs rushing to scoop up real estate to cash in on the booming marijuana business.
Voters approved Proposition 64 last year, clearing the way for recreational marijuana in the state in 2018, but the law left regulating the industry up to local municipalities. Some cities and counties looking to reap the economic benefits of legal pot are passing new ordinances and regulations to help pot people navigate laws and figure out exactly where they can open up shop. Others haven’t shown the same excitement.
The slow roll-out of regulations has left would-be pot business owners champing at the bit for commercial property in cities like La Mesa and Lemon Grove that have spelled out clear rules.
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The whole thing is ridiculous. When's the last time you saw a baby trying to buy pot from the local store? This just inconveniences parents from obtaining legal medical marijuana. Just a half-hearted attempt by the govt. to sabotage the will of the people. The adults need their medical marijuana just to cope with our insane society.
When are we going to cap births? Sick of these self-centered parents bringing more kids into an already overpopulated planet. More weed, less babies!
Oh, the humanity! (said with great sarcasm)
It must be pretty lucrative for the pot dispensaries in order for them to pass out cash like that -- the mark-up on harmful "recreational" substances allows for all sorts of things. But why isn't VoSD interested in where that money is coming from. Casinos have lots of money, tobacco product manufacturers have a lot of money, alcoholic beverage producers have a lot of money, narcotics cartels also, and all these businesses are both highly regulated and have been determined to be harmful to society. Pot-heads I've known tend to flush themselves down the toilet, though not as quickly as the alcoholics and narcotics-users.
The voters of California were unconscionably stupid, but the prop was passed, though isn't it interesting to note that you're slamming communities where they don't think pot is a great idea? Previously to this, I believe it was only San Diego, in all the cities and communities of the county, that allowed *any* "medical" marijuana shops.
VoSD, where's the money coming from? You like hard-hitting investigative pieces.
These restrictions are ridiculous. Is the any societal benefit to making locations for selling marijuana more restrictive than for selling alcohol and tobacco?