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Above: A vendor points to a selection of cannabis strains for sale during a 2018 marijuana festival in California.
A group of San Diego cannabis dispensaries want to form a city-sanctioned ‘business improvement district’ that would try to stamp out black market operators and lobby for policy changes that support the legal industry.
The district, which its supporters say would be the first of its kind in California and possibly the whole country, would be similar to the San Diego Tourism Marketing District. That agency receives a portion of hotel revenues to promote the city as a tourist destination.
The City Council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee gave the proposal unanimous approval Friday. It could go to the full council for an initial vote as soon as February next year.
So far, the city has issued 24 permits to operate retail cannabis outlets, though not all of them have opened for business.
If the BID is approved by the full council and mayor, it will also need approval from a majority of those retail outlets, which would then contribute 0.33% of their gross revenues to the district.
Phil Rath, executive director of the United Medical Marijuana Coalition, …
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