By Katrina Van Duzee
Garden Grove Journal
City council members voted 5-0 to adopt rules and a procedure for allowing applicants a chance to submit evidence to convince the city manager and staff they are both a legitimate dispensary and have been operating prior to June 30, 2011.
The deadline has passed for dispensaries to register with the city, but the ones that have already applied will have the option to request a review and hearing regarding the city staff’s initial determination as to whether the business could receive a permit, according to the staff report.
Although legislation has been adopted to begin the process of legally dispensing marijuana within Garden Grove, until the city council establishes regulations actually permitting its dissemination, it is illegal.
Only those who registered with the city will be granted permits to operate if the city legalizes marijuana.
The concept behind a permit process is to have the ability to limit the number of dispensaries, decide where they can operate and monitor their behavior, according to a staff report.
The next step the city is expected to take is to create legislation that limits the operating zones for dispensaries to commercial zones, not in residential or school zones. Currently some dispensaries are neighbors to daycares and residents, City Manager Matt Fertal stated at a city council meeting in August.