Plan would scatter area's marijuana clinics

February 24, 2005

Karen Holzmeister , Daily Review Online

away from each other and 600 feet away from schools, parks or playgrounds.

Five clinics are too many for the unincorporated area, which spans 10 large and small communities in the vicinity of Hayward, Kathie Ready of San Lorenzo said. She questioned whether clinics adequately check the identities or prescriptions of people who want to buy marijuana.

'I voted for Proposition 215 (which allows medical marijuana sales with doctors' orders) for people who are ill, not people who see an ad in the newspapers for and get a prescription,' she explained.

By comparison, Oakland has four marijuana sales outlets and Hayward has two, although one is operating outside of city purview.

County Counsel Richard Winnie, who developed the ordinance   along with other county administrators, said dispensaries are spread along geographical and population lines.

More than 130,000 people live in these unincorporated areas.

He also described the 20-page document as 'comprehensive.' It outlines how applications would be reviewed, what information would have to be provided by applicants, criteria on which permits would be issued or rejected and operating rules.

If areas had more eligible applicants than permits available, a drawing could be held. Clinics would not be allowed to grow marijuana on the premises and would be limited to 20 pounds of marijuana on-site at any one time. The proposed ordinance also sets out guidelines for suspending or revoking permits.

Supervisors will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the County Administration Building, 1221 Oak St., fifth floor, Oakland, to

  extend the ban on new medical marijuana clinics. The medical marijuana sales ordinance will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. March 23 at the county's Unincorporated Services Committee, 377 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo.

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