San Bernadino voters seem likely to weigh in on a proposal to allow up to five medical marijuana dispensaries in the city limits, after the city clerk advised council her office had received 6,000 signatures in favor of a November ballot initiative. That figure is 2,326 more signatures than needed by statute (30 percent of votes cast for all candidates in the previous mayoral election), but the city clerk’s office first needs to verify those signatures before it becomes official.
The proposal has been outlined by the California Cannabis Coalition, which has opined a measure allowing marijuana dispensaries would bring the city up to 800 jobs one which people could make a living wage. It is also estimated the proposal could boost the city’s general fund by somewhere between $15 million and $21 million a year.
Supporters say the San Bernadino Regulate Marijuana Act of 2016, if approved, would allow for medical marijuana to enter a legitimate, well-regulated market that will offer transparency and accountability. Continue reading