This changes everything for this Northern California city.
"I HAVE BEEN MOVED OVER THE COURSE OF MY TIME HERE LISTENING TO THOSE WHO HAVE LEGITIMATE MEDICAL NEEDS (FOR MARIJUANA). I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO TRULY PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH MEDICINES WITHOUT LOOPHOLES."
~Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau
It was also stated that "“It’s not just about medicinal; it’s a cover for what’s being done here,” Bredefeld said of the proposal. “If this was just about medical dispensaries, I might support this today. But this is more. … I think the city of Fresno wants to get into the business of marijuana.”
This means a lot when it comes from the mouths of public officials.
It is important that the needs of medical marijuana users are met, as the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to providers and users of medical marijuana.
Fresno is among many cities in Northern California and Southern California, that have a responsibility to the general public in introducing Marijuana use as an everyday, store front product. As alcohol is sold and consumed openly, the laws for Cannabis need to be matched, if not more slack as the medicinal purposes are significant.
Fresno has had a de facto prohibition on medical marijuana dispensaries for more than 10 years. This ordinance sort of allows medical marijuana dispensaries in areas zoned for medical offices, but the loop of these medical facilities needing to abide by State and Federal Law, prevents Medical Marijuana Dispensaries from being placed in these zones.
As the new laws hit January 2018 for recreational marijuana across California, the cultivation and distribution laws need focus. If there are to be dispensaries, where will they get their product? If Fresno and other Cities/Counties across California do not want the trafficking of Marijuana coming across borders, they need to loosen the cultivation laws and zoning.