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Medical Marijuana Recommendations Set for Vote at March 28 Council Meeting

Oceanside CA— This evening Wednesday, March 28, the Oceanside City Council will vote on the recommendations of the City’s Medical Marijuana Ad-hoc Committee. The recommendations, which have been reviewed by City Staff and three of the City’s Advisory Commissions, will be presented at a Public Hearing which will take place during the 6:00pm hour of Wednesday’s meeting.

“352 days after the creation of the Medical Marijuana Ad-hoc Committee, the City Council will finally make a decision on the committee’s recommendations,” said Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery, chair of the Medical Marijuana Ad-hoc Committee. “I believe the City will be able to move forward on this item and provide the much-needed access of medical marijuana to patients who live in Oceanside.”

If the City Council approves the recommendations, the item will come back for a second reading in April, and then the ordinance will go through a 30-day waiting period before becoming law.

This will be the first opportunity for new Oceanside Mayor, Peter Weiss to vote on the recommendations. On December 20, 2017, in a 3-1 vote in favor, the Council approved a request by Deputy Mayor Lowery and Council-member Kern that the Council forward the recommendations of the Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee to appropriate staff and advisory boards/commissions for review and comments to be brought back to Council for adoption at a later date which is today. Council-member Sanchez was the dissenting vote. Former Mayor Jim Wood had resigned a week prior to the vote.

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