A complicated new law in San Diego will legalize medical marijuana dispensaries to be established in a small group of approved areas.This new method of licensing pot stores goes into effect tomorrow morning, Thursday, April 24, 2014.
Lines are expected to stretch around the corner as potential marijuana sellers wait to present their applications at City Hall. The rigorous requirements for dispensing legal marijuana were approved by the City Council last February. One reason for hopeful applicants to wait on line is that at most only 36 stores will be allowed, a maximum of four per each of San Diego’s nine Council districts.
No one will be getting any permits yet. This is only the beginning of a process that will take several steps, lasting as long as six months, before any approvals are granted. The cost of this series of vetting and paperwork could end up being upwards of $100,000 for each dispensary, whether final approval is gained or not.
For anyone interested in a detailed examination of many of the aspects of this changing business, a valuable source is the “White Paper on Marijuana Dispensaries” on Sandiego.gov.