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Readers React: Chula Vista right to take cautious approach on marijuana businesses

San Diego Union Tribune logo San Diego Union Tribune 12/3/2020 U-T Letters
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Re “Chula Vista faces a third cannabis dispensary lawsuit” (Nov. 30): It was wise of the city to go with a merit-based application process for marijuana businesses. After relentless bullying by the marijuana industry and its attorneys, including personal attacks, the city felt it had no choice but to write its own marijuana business regulations.

When community members learned of the situation, they begged the City Council to take its chances with a ballot measure because it seemed unlikely that enough signatures could be gathered in Chula Vista. Unwilling to take a chance, the City Council members said they would write regulations that would carefully consider each of the applicants to find the most responsible, law-abiding businesses, and the merit-based application was created.

The application process is not the problem, the regulations — negotiated with the potential candidates — are. They don’t measure distance from property lines and will end up being a problem for residents, schools, etc., that are too close to where new stores might be located.

Theresa Acerro

Chula Vista

This story originally appeared in San Diego Union-Tribune.

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