San Diego Marijuana Supply Chain – It’s no secret that many localities in California aren’t ready for recreational cannabis to legalize in the state at the beginning of next year, but some do have their wits about them. San Diego is ahead of the race as one of the very first to have a fully regulated and cultivation and manufacturing supply chain in place before legalization goes into effect.
San Diego’s City Council legalized the San Diego Marijuana supply chain in a 6-3 vote, citing the many benefits of having it up and running in time for legalization to go into effect in the state. Indoor pot farms and manufacturing sites for edible products will boost the local economy, create jobs, and improve quality and safety of the cannabis available locally. It’ll also eliminate the need to import from other areas of the state, and could help prevent black market of unregulated cultivators and manufacturers that could pop up if those activities were banned in the city.
“I believe it’s our obligation as the City Council to have responsible regulation of all parts of the supply chain,” said Councilwoman Barbara Bry, who also pointed out that legalization passed easily last November.
Those against the legislation pointed out that Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman strongly opposed the legislation. Councilwoman Lorie Zapf was one of the Republican council members who voted “no” on the legislation. “We have to listen to our police officers and not people who want to make a profit off of this,” she said. Those opposed also suggested that the city didn’t allow enough public input, suggesting that they allowed the industry to have too much of a say in the crafting of the legislation.
Councilman Mark Kersey was the only Republican that joined the council’s five Democrats in voting “yes” on the legislation pointed out that 61.6 percent of voters approved of legalization in San Diego. “My focus now is on implementing the will of the voters in the absolute safest way possible, while minimizing impacts to our communities,” noting that some farms and manufacturers had been operating in the city in a semi-legal fashion without attracting crime. “The ordinance before us is a logical and responsible addition so that we can regulate these facilities.”