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San Diego moves to shut down 12 pot dispensaries near schools

September 21, 2011 |  5:10 pm

The San Diego city attorney Wednesday moved to shut down 12 medical marijuana dispensaries operating within 600 feet of schools.

Having the dispensaries that close to schools "puts our children at great risk," said City Atty. Jan Goldsmith.

The city attorney's office filed civil complaints asking a judge to order the dispensaries closed. San Diego currently has more than 160 dispensaries. At least 31 have closed due to the city attorney's action.

Goldsmith said dispensaries near schools are violating city zoning laws.

After pro-marijuana activists gathered enough signatures to qualify a repeal for the ballot, the City Council rescinded an ordinance regulating where medical marijuana dispensaries could operate. The activists said the ordinance was too restrictive.

Without an ordinance, the city has to rely on 2009 ruling by the city's Development Services Department saying that there is no specific place where medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed, Goldsmith said.

The 12 dispensaries targeted by Goldsmith's action are spread throughout the city.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

 

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