Investors and entrepreneurs see green when they look at California’s growing marijuana industry. But local cities and counties are plugging things up a bit as they determine the regulations for marijuana in each jurisdiction. Voters did pass a measure to legalize marijuana for adult use, but it’s up to local municipalities to decide where dispensaries and other related businesses are allowed, if at all.
Last year, residents in La Mesa and Lemon Grove voted to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in their cities. The measures, though, prohibit dispensaries from being too close to places like schools, churches, public parks and day care centers.
As it turns out, in-home day cares are all over the place, which can make it hard to find property where medical marijuana is allowed.
In my latest, I look at how the issue has gotten pot entrepreneurs in La Mesa and Lemon Grove to hit the pavement and start knocking on day care center’s doors with offers of cash and other deals if they agree to move or shut down, clearing the way for a dispensary to open up nearby.
Trust in SANDAG?
SANDAG used a faulty economic forecasting model and overstated by billions how much it would bring in with a sales tax hike it floated on the ballot last year.
Voice of San Diego revealed that, and other big problems with the regional transportation agency through a series of stories you can catch up on here. An independent report released last week confirmed VOSD’s findings, and included the troubling news that SANDAG executives tried to hide and delete documents related to the forecasting problem.