San Diego: Environmental Regulations Don’t Apply To Marijuana Dispensaries

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A city staff finding that permit applications to operate legal medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego are exempt from provisions of the California Environmental Protection Act will be reviewed by the City Council on Tuesday.

Members of the public have appealed the CEQA exemptions for 11 applicants who hope to operate legal marijuana shops under regulations approved by the council early last year.

City officials are sorting through 40 applications for conditional use permits. No legal medical marijuana outlet has opened yet within city limits, while numerous shops operating illegally have been shut down.

In processing the applications, officials with the city’s Development Services Department found that CEQA regulations don’t apply in the case of the dispensaries, since they’ll only be making minor modifications to existing buildings… (more)

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