Council likely to finalize MMJ zoning regulations Tuesday

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After viewing the Planning Commission's report on harsher potential zoning regulations at today's informal meeting, City Council made it clear that the differences between the commission's proposal and Council's — namely, different locations that many medical marijuana centers would need to be 1,000, as opposed to 400, feet from — would not be ignored.

"I recommend you guys come prepared," said Councilor Tom Gallagher to the Planning Department staffers and other councilors, referring to Tuesday's 1 p.m. formal meeting. "Just because my hearing of what’s being said up here, that there’s some position differences between us and the Planning Commission. And I agree with Councilman Glenn and Councilman Hente that whether our processes were followed, the people in the audience — the people that put their money at risk — they’re entitled to closure."

Mayor Lionel Rivera agreed.

"I think the public is going to get their opportunity to speak, and it may take a while, but we’ll get through it," Rivera said.

In the end, Gallagher made it clear that, whether or not Council modified the proposed zoning regulations, it was time to enact something.

"I’m tired of running around with no rules on the books — it’s been over a year," he said. "So I’m prepared for a long, grueling day tomorrow."

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