SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The City Council Tuesday made official the repeal of restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city of San Diego, making such establishments illegal.
On second reading, the council voted 7-1, with Marti Emerald dissenting, in favor of the ordinance rescinding the restrictions that were approved earlier this year.
Supporters of medical marijuana collectives considered the laws to be too stringent and gathered enough signatures to force them to be repealed, or for the issue to be placed before voters on next year's ballot.
In July, the City Council voted to repeal the restrictions, citing the cost of placing a measure on the ballot.
Ironically, San Diego returns to the situation in which no dispensaries are allowed within city limits. Just last week, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith filed civil complaints seeking to shut down a dozen pot shops he believes are too close to schools.
One of the two ordinances that had been in place kept dispensaries at least 600 feet from homes, schools, churches and other sensitive areas, but did allow them in certain zones. Proprietors would have had to apply for an expensive operating permit.
In other council action today, the panel unanimously agreed, without discussion, to pay $156,244 to a firefighter who sued in December 2008, claiming retaliation in employment.
Paul Vandeveld claimed he was suspended and denied a promotion to captain because he reported harassment of a colleague and cooperated with an investigation into pension spiking -- a tactic for employees to boost the compensation later used to determine retirement benefits.
The City Council tentatively approved the settlement in closed session in May, according to city documents.
Tyson Ross lost his bid to pitch the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres' history when center fielder Franchy Cordero appeared to misplay a ball with two outs in the eighth inning Friday night of a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
A fifth-grade teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School in the San Diego Unified School District has been arrested for allegedly distributing pornographic images of young girls, including a toddler, authorities announced Friday.
A tragic car crash left a Mount Carmel High School student paralyzed from the chest down, and now, the community is rallying to support him.
New surveillance video shows what happened moments before a car plunged into a sinkhole in East County Monday night.
The San Diego County unemployment rate dropped three- tenths of a percent to 3.2 percent in March as the region continued to add jobs following the holiday season, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.
San Diego County is generally safer than the U.S. as a whole, though elder abuse and several types of violent crime are on the rise locally, according to a report released Friday,
Described as “Etsy comes to life,” the popular urban-style handmade market is feminine and fun, hosting vendors who make their products by hand. This will be the 24th Queen Bee Market since its creation in 2010.
Described as “Etsy comes to life,” the popular urban-style handmade market is feminine and fun, hosting vendors who make their products by hand. This will be the 24th Queen Bee Market since its creation in 2010. News 8's Ashley Jacobs takes you inside Bing Crosby Hall for a sneak peek at what artisans are showcasing.