Study: Cannabis dispensaries can revitalize California cities

Despite the rush for conservative California cities to restrict medical cannabis dispensaries from operating, experts from Colorado say the bans might do more harm than good.

One of those cities, San Diego, recently found out about the potential benefits of a legal cannabis market during a Tuesday morning forum highlighted by Denver journalist Patricia Calhoun, the San Diego Union Tribune reports.

Calhoun, a long-time editor of the Denver Westword, described to city officials the positive effects that marijuana legalization has had on Colorado. She says Denver has been revitalized, as it is home to 300 of Colorado’s 500 operating cannabis dispensaries. Marijuana storefronts have become as appealing as Apple stores, attracting locals and tourists alike.

The California cities rushing to ban cannabis businesses have stressed an obligation to keep children away from pot, although Calhoun argued the proliferation of dispensaries has made children less interested since marijuana now seems not nearly as rebellious as before.

However, one negative aspect of legalization could be the national attention, Calhoun pointed out.

“Everyone who has lived in San Diego for say three minutes and thinks they’re a native will start complaining that pot is bringing everyone to California,” she said.

San Diego is one of many California cities and counties that are hastily considering bans on marijuana-related businesses before March 1, a deadline mistakenly set by Assemblyman Jim Wood, who helped author the state’s impending rules and regulations for the medical cannabis industry.

Wood hopes to introduce emergency legislation this month to remove the deadline date.

“During the scramble at the end of the legislative session this year, an inadvertent drafting error placed a deadline on local jurisdictions,” Wood wrote in a December letter to cities and counties. “My intent to remove the deadline has bipartisan and stakeholder support.”

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