Escondido’ leaders want nothing to do with recreational marijuana and this week strengthened city laws to that effect.
The City Council Wednesday also added marijuana to its list of things covered by the city’s seldom-used social host ordinance.
Medical marijuana sales were already banned in the city. The new regulations address recreational marijuana and bring city rules into accord with the provisions of Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in the state but also gave local jurisdictions authority to decide what they think is best for their communities.
“There is a great debate about marijuana use, but Escondido is taking the toughest restrictions on cultivation, deliveries, dispensaries, you name it,” Mayor Sam Abed said.
“Our community doesn’t want it and we don’t want it either.”
However, results from the November 2016 election suggests otherwise: 52.1 percent of Escondido voters favored the legalization of pot.
Based on Police Chief Craig Carter’s suggestion, the council also voted to update the city’s social host ordinance, which had focused on alcohol use by minors at parties.
The change broadens the scope of the