Suisun council approves tighter marijuana laws
Jan 07, 2016 06:31 PM EST
Despite pleas from local marijuana supporters, the Suisun City Council has approved replacing its present ordinance on medical marijuana for a stiffer one. This is in connection with the Medicinal Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act which was recently signed into law in the state of California.
According to the Daily Republic, the city municipal codes prohibit marijuana dispensaries in town but do not prohibit deliveries or cultivation of medical marijuana.
City planners have asked the council to repeal the city's present ordinance and replace it with a new one that would not only ban dispensaries but also cultivation and delivery of marijuana in the city with the exception of personal individual medical marijuana cultivation.
The council agreed to tell the city staff to come back with an alternative plan in the near future on how the city deals with medical marijuana.
Back in October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state's new medical marijuana laws that will provide more structure and clarity for the loosely regulated industry and Suisun City is one of the cities are immediately banning delivery and other activities.
According to The Orange County Register, California cities have been taking legislative action because AB 266, which comprises the act, states that if a municipality does not have a land use regulation or ordinance regulating marijuana cultivation and delivery by March 1, the state will be "the sole licensing authority" for those activities.
Legislators designed to cut the mandated deadline, however it continued to be within the final form of what the law states. The law's authors have said they will correct the error the moment the Legislature reconvenes, according to News Archives USA.
The council approved the replacement of its existing medical marijuana ordinance during a public hearing conducted by the Suisun City Council. Other cities banning marijuana shops, delivery and cultivation in California include Dana Point City, Santa Ana, Laguna Woods and San Diego.