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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries May Be Coming To Santa Monica

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Get ready, Santa Monica: a proposed bill may open the door for two medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the city sometime next year.

The bill, which has yet to be voted on by the city council, will undoubtedly help residents who don't want to leave town when it comes to getting their prescription pot. The bill is a step in the right direction for medical marijuana advocates, but like the recent law passed by voters in the last Los Angeles election, the bill is not without its limits.

The Santa Monica Daily Press reports:

In the draft, the dispensaries cannot exceed 2,500 square feet and must be located within the Healthcare District, which is defined as the areas surrounding the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Saint John’s Health Center. Additionally, any medical marijuana dispensary must be at least 500 feet away from a school, park, daycare center or library and the dispensaries must be at least 1,000 feet from one another.

The city council has been divided on the issue in the past, with some claiming that residents can just go to Venice to get their prescription, according to NBC4. City council members will begin their overview of the draft on December 11.