By Benjie Cooper
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In a meeting held Wednesday night, the Oceanside City Council voted to approve the first two medicinal cannabis delivery licenses.
The council passed an ordinance in April allowing the city to permit cultivation, testing, manufacturing, and other businesses related to medical marijuana production and sale but decided to postpone licensing any dispensaries until local law enforcement could weigh the possible public safety risks.
In a report presented at Wednesday’s meeting, Police Chief Frank McCoy said that the impact on law enforcement could not be adequately evaluated at this time because legal cannabis is a relatively new industry in California.
“Our job as public officials is to carry out the will of the people,” said Councilman Jerry Kern at the meeting. “People voted for it, and we have to regulate it.”
With a 3-2 vote, the council decided to license two delivery services from outside city, with Jack Feller and Esther Sanchez opposed. A vote to allow the licensing was held early in August with the same results.
While retail cannabis outlets other than delivery services are banned in Oceanside, there is currently a petition circulating to allow adult-use cannabis sales in the city. Organizers hope to collect enough signatures to qualify for the 2020 ballot.