Oceanside supports medical marijuana but not recreation use

The Coast News Group
by Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — On Wednesday the Oceanside City Council voted 4-1 to draft a resolution to oppose Proposition 64, which allows statewide recreational use of marijuana.

Earlier in the year the City Council passed an ordinance to allow delivery of medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries outside the city.

Mayor Jim Wood explained the difference in the city’s point of view on uses.

“We supported medical marijuana, but we’re not open to recreational use statewide,” Wood said.

The one no vote on drafting a resolution in opposition was cast by Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery.

Following the vote, Lowery said he talked to an intellectual property manager, business people and community organizations to gather information.

“It’s a complex issue,” Lowery said. “It’s somewhat of an overreach to expect this council to research this issue prior to voting on it.”

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Money and marijuana: Donors with ties to industry give to legalize pot

The Sacramento Bee
by Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller

Justin Hartfield, former chief executive of a company called Weedmaps, two years ago discussed his plans to legalize marijuana nationwide and make his company the Philip Morris of pot.

“Prohibition is about to pop,” he predicted in The Wall Street Journal. “And the people that were here before, if they’re positioned intelligently, will reap a profit. I think we’re positioned really well.”

Proposition 64’s passage would create a burgeoning new economy in California, from growing operations to delivery services, and those who stand to profit are pitching in to ensure it succeeds. Weedmaps, which helps connect cannabis users with dispensaries, delivery services and doctors, has given $1 million to the fall effort to legalize marijuana in California.

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