2015: Reject Measure on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Riverside

The Raincross Group of civic leaders in Riverside urged a No vote on the 2015 Measure against medical marijuana dispensaries in Riverside. While there may be a place for carefully regulated medical marijuana sales in our city, Measure A is poorly drafted, overly broad, and would likely cause more problems than it would solve.

The fatal are this: It allows for no meaningful city regulation of marijuana dispensaries — operations that can, absent proper oversight, bring a range of side effects that would impair quality of life and economic growth in our city. Under the language presented, Riverside officials would have little standing to enforce rules relating to marijuana shops’ hours of operation, sales to minors, buffer distances from homes and schools, and responsible use of “mobile” dispensaries. Instead, Measure A calls for cannabis vendors to “self verify” compliance with such guidelines. Read More...

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