OCEANSIDE — The City Council gave the green light to medical marijuana delivery service to Oceanside patients from legal dispensaries outside the city Wednesday. The vote was 3-2, with no votes coming from Mayor Jim Wood and Councilman Jack Feller.
Wood said he could not support delivery service at this time. He added safety concerns were a big part of his decision.
Police Chief Frank McCoy spoke about city crime sparked by marijuana sales, purchase and possession. Over 45 related robberies have been reported over the past three years, 24 of which included firearms. Eleven of the crimes were related to medical marijuana dispensaries.
McCoy requested that delivery be limited to daylight hours.
Councilman Jerry Kern who voted to ban cultivation and delivery in January, with direction to city staff to come back with options for delivery, voted in favor of regulated delivery service on Wednesday.
In January over 30 speakers addressed the council and shared their needs for the drug to treat chronic illness, pain and mental health issues.
Kern said things have changed in the past few years, and he wants to find a middle ground to allow patients access.
Oceanside’s 1992 zoning regulation does not permit medical marijuana dispensaries within the city.
“I’m not fearful of trying this out,” Kern said.
Perimeters were set to require a city business license and limit delivery hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drivers can not carry more than 8 ounces of marijuana, which must be packaged and labeled with the patient’s name.
The city also requires that delivery drivers be 21 years old or older, have no felony convictions, and have not had a DUI violation in seven years.
Additionally the delivery business must meet a minimum insurance requirement. City attorney John Mullen said dispensaries he spoke with had no objection to the insurance requirements, and had no cash flow problems.
The city ordinance will supersede the state Medical Marijuana and Safety Act that went into effect in January. The cities of Solana Beach and Escondido ban medical marijuana delivery services.