Daly City Considers Possible Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban

DALY CITY (KCBS) — A proposed medical marijuana ordinance will be taken up by the City Council in Daly City this week as public comments will be heard on possibly banning dispensaries in the city.

Many cities throughout California have already implemented bans on medical marijuana dispensaries and now Daly City will be deciding if it will follow suit.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

City Councilmember David Canepa supports a ban and said he’s not convinced the dispensaries are economic generators and in fact, argues that they’re a strain on public safety personnel.

“These medical marijuana dispensaries have been places where they’ve been robbed, communities where they’re in blighted areas,” Canepa said. “So for Daly City, I just don’t see a need for those medical marijuana dispensaries to be located.”

Canepa said he’s also concerned about secondary illegal markets created when dispensary members turn around and sell the marijuana for a profit.

And there’s also the continuing clash with the federal government, which has cracked down on cities with large numbers of dispensaries.

“That’s why you have Los Angeles County in particular which has sort of let it run rampant,” Canepa said. “Now they are looking at a medical marijuana ban. So it’s not just Daly City.”

Daly City currently has a temporary moratorium on dispensaries in place. The city council is set to take up the issue on Monday night.

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