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File #: 15-0984    Version: 1 Name: CA-Medical Marijuana Report
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 9/18/2015 In control: City Council
On agenda: 9/22/2015 Final action: 9/22/2015
Title: Recommendation to receive and file the City Attorney's report on Medical Marijuana.
Sponsors: City Attorney
Attachments: 1. 092215-NB-19sr&att.pdf, 2. 092215-NB-19 Maps.pdf, 3. 092215-NB-19 Corresp. Lejins.pdf
Related files: 15-0729, 15-1270
TITLE
Recommendation to receive and file the City Attorney's report on Medical Marijuana.

DISCUSSION
On September 1, 2015, Council requested the City Attorney submit a report regarding the issue of medical marijuana. The City Attorney's Office was requested to: (1) report back to the City Council regarding the implications of AB 266, if it was passed by the Legislature; (2) provide a comparison of the various recommendations made by the Medical Cannabis Task Force with those made by the Planning Commission; and (3) provide a list of topics that the Council must address if the City is to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana regulatory ordinance.

On September 10, 2015, the California Legislature, with input from the Governor's Office, essentially "gutted" AB 266, and instead, passed three separate bills which are collectively referred to as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act ("MMRSA"). The Governor has until October 11, 2015, to act on these bills. The three bills, AB 266 (Bonta), AB 243 (Wood), and SB 643 (McGuire), are extensive and establish the first comprehensive statewide regulatory framework for the cultivation, testing and distribution of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products. An initial overview of the key regulatory features of the three bills is attached as Exhibit "A".

Attached as Exhibit "B" is a Chart which sets forth a comparison of the recommendations made by the Medical Marijuana Task Force and the Planning Commission when it submitted a draft medical marijuana regulatory ordinance to the City Council at a study session on February 1 0, 2015. A third column in the Chart describes the impact of the state legislation on the recommendation.

The MMRSA makes clear that local public entities retain their current right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, and related medical marijuana activities within their respective jurisdictions. The MMRSA also makes clear that cities are fully empowered to adopt ...

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