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City Attorney Urges for Public's Help in Passing His Medical Marijuana Ordinance

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City Attorney Carmen Trutanich wants the City Council to pass the latest proposed ordinance aimed at regulating medical marijuana dispensaries (you can read that ordinance in full, embedded below).

After placing a moratorium on new facilitates over two years ago--it didn't work, around 1,000 have opened since--the City Council was supposed to develop and pass an ordinance. That still hasn't happened and this week a sense of urgency was placed on the issue after an Obama Administration policy was set forth and a Superior Court Judge said enforcing an extended moratorium was illegal.

Trutanich's ordinance includes a tough set of regulations, including banning the sale and manufacture of edible marijuana products. The ordinance would also force dispensaries to install a quality web based closed-circuit security system where tapes must be handed over to police at their request, even without a search warrant, court order or subpoena. Collectives must also turn over all records, such as members' (who most call customers) information and activity, to police without a search warrant, court order or subpoena.

This afternoon, staffer Jane Usher sent an e-mail to neighborhood council members urging them to public hearings about the ordinance:

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Marijuana advocates who want to legalize retail sales turn out in force for the City Council hearings on this topic. While it is also common for the hearings to include a handful of chronically ill patients who rightfully deserve access to medicinal marijuana, most speakers appear to be profiteers, with little compassion for patients and much concern for their personal pocketbooks. These profiteers are well organized and are confident that they can ride roughshod over this City. Who is missing from these hearings? Missing are the pot shop customers, ranging in age from 14 to 30, who are not in medical need of marijuana but, rather, are recreational users. More importantly, you are missing. It is critical that you and your neighbors be heard. The downside risk is too great that this City will continue to be the lawless Wild West for unregulated marijuana shops and their attendant crime and social ills.

Usher's full letter and the proposed ordinance are below: