California is moving forward with implementing regulations for recreational marijuana, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions for San Diego lawmakers.

Starting January 2018, folks can legally sell, buy, possess and grow pot. But some of the details associated with regulating marijuana still need to be ironed out, and cities across the county are scrambling to set new rules.

Some cities have already taken action to ban dispensaries and the cultivation, testing and distribution of marijuana. While others, like the city of San Diego, are still figuring things out. Next week, the City Council will try to finalize many of its regulations.

In this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis and NBC7’s Monica Dean discuss the outstanding questions cities across the region decide whether to allow marijuana operations.

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    Deborah Gostin
    Deborah Gostin

    It's sad that it's already September and the City hasn't yet been able to organize efficiently around this.  Many people were against Prop. 64 and not because they were against allowing recreational use.  It's that there was too much control being handed over to those who don't necessarily understand the differences between recreational and medical, and want to control how patients receive their medication.

    The patient who does better with cannabis vs. pharmaceuticals sometimes has special needs that these current legal pharmacies don't cater to.  When one is forced to use a legal pharmacy, sometimes the atmosphere can be difficult to "wait" your turn in with loud music, loud voices, several people all at once in the same close space ordering their preferred picks, and it can be very overwhelming for those who were used to other pharmacies that were much quieter, immensely less crowded, and far more personalized.

    I don't want to have to feel like I'm walking into an impersonal bar-type atmosphere when I'm getting my medicine! I don't want a bunch of other people knowing exactly what I'm doing; I prefer some privacy!

    To purchase a license for a legal pharmacy as it is now requires a lot of money, more than what most entrepreneurs would have to pay for other types of business licenses, so many well-intentioned folks would be restricted from this business.  That's a shame.

    mike murphy
    mike murphy

    good plan, keep it scarce with regulations,  keep the price up on something so easy to produce.