Santa Monica residents file pot dispensary initiative
- Scott Bridges
A pair of Santa Monica residents have filed an initiative with the City Hall’s Clerk’s Office that would amend allow for two dispensaries in the city and set tax guidelines for marijuana-related businesses, according to the Santa Monica Daily News.
Once the initiative is certified, proponents will have 180 days to collect signatures from 15 percent of registered voters in the city. If those signatures are validated, the measure will be voted on later this year.
Attorney David Welch filed the “Initiative to Permit Regulation of Medical Collectives” on behalf of residents Melina Madrigal and Holly McKay. Welch represents medical marijuana patients, caregivers and advocates, according to the newspaper.
Welch said Santa Monica voters support the allowance of dispensaries and that his clients are well-organized.
“We’re ready to go all the way,” he told the newspaper.
Here are the details being proposed:
Collectives would pay $40 in taxes for every $1,000 of gross receipts.
No dispensary would be allowed to open within 650 feet of a school and 500 feet of a public park, public library or licensed child care facility.
Managers of dispensaries would be required to have annual background checks from the Santa Monica Police Department.
The dispensaries would not be allowed to operate between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m., and must be monitored at all times by a web-based closed-circuit television for security purposes.
“It’s just taking too long,” Welch said. “City Council has been hot and cold on medical marijuana. They need to know that it’s going to happen and if they get cold feet, it will go before voters.”
Scott Bridges has covered the Los Angeles scene for over ten years as a journalist and food critic. Follow him on the Huffington Post
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