San Diego OKs Streamlined Permit Renewals For Cannabis Dispensaries

The procedures come as 13 of the city’s 25 approved dispensaries face permit expiration

Cannabis dispensaries in San Diego Tuesday got a clear path to smoothly renew their city operating permits, many of which are set to expire this year.

The City Council unanimously approved a streamlined renewal process for dispensaries that does not require a public hearing. It also allows renewals even if a “sensitive use” — like a church, park or school — has opened near a dispensary after it was first approved.

To get their initial permits, dispensaries had to be at least 1,000 feet from sensitive uses. But a dispensary can get a renewal even if a sensitive use has opened nearby after the initial permit was awarded.

The ordinance the council approved Tuesday also softens the required distance, or buffer, between proposed dispensaries and homes, a change that some residents criticized.

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