OCEANSIDE–Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery and Council Member Jerry Kern have placed a resolution on the April 19 City Council agenda to create an ad-hoc committee to explore regulations for medical marijuana in the City of Oceanside.
The committee will consist of no more than seven members and will explore all aspects of enacting regulations for the cultivation, distribution, and dispensing of medical marijuana within city limits. It is planned for the committee to hold hearings on the matter and consult with interested parties to find the best solution moving forward.
“Oceanside needs compassionate, common-sense regulations when it comes to medical marijuana,” said Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery. “Many residents have reached out to me and told me their stories of why either they or their loved ones have needed medical marijuana and how beneficial it has been for them.”
In November of 2016, the City of Oceanside voted 57 percent to 43 percent to approved Proposition 64, the state-wide initiative to allow recreational marijuana. At a workshop on April 4th, the council approved extending the ban which is currently in place against medical marijuana to recreational marijuana too.
If the resolution is passed, the ad-hoc committee will begin to find members and create a calendar of when it will meet and hold hearings. According to City Council policy, ad-hoc committees are created to address one specific topic and must finish its work within a six month period.
It is estimated the committee will finish its work and produce its report to the City Council by the October 18th City Council meeting.