One of the few remaining major metropolitan areas in California that does not have a social justice marijuana program began this journey when the San Diego County Regulatory Agency voted 4-1 to draft such a law.
According to San Diego TV station KUSI, district officials have given the go-ahead for several ordinances aimed at expanding “agriculture, manufacturing and retailing opportunities … in the unincorporated parts of the county” in the marijuana industry.
The initiatives will be written in the coming months.
“We know that many communities have been devastated by the war on drugs and disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system. We are trying to undo these past mistakes by placing social justice at the center of our cannabis approach, ”said CEO Nathan Fletcher, according to KUSI.
Although few details are known, the board approved an overall framework that includes:
- Make social justice at the heart of retail, manufacturing and cultivation licensing.
- Combating unlicensed cannabis companies, including aggressive enforcement of new codes and civil fines.
- Setbacks in zoning to keep marijuana companies out of schools and other sensitive areas.
- Compulsory labor peace agreements for companies with 10 or more employees.
Meanwhile, the city of San Diego is slowly developing a social justice program for the local marijuana industry, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported in November.
Most of California’s other major metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Francisco, have already launched social justice programs with varying degrees of success.