San Diego might tweak cannabis regulations, limit billboard advertising a bit
San Diego, as part of Southern California (and also where we’re based — in Carlsbad), is one of the communities at the center of legal cannabis in the US, and even though California in general has legalized cannabis, the laws in each individual city are still being worked out. As reported by Ganjapreneur, San Diego is considering tweaking cannabis laws a bit, just to keep the industry running as smoothly as possible.
First up, the city is planning a law that would change all instances of “marijuana” in the city code to “cannabis.” They definitely mean the same thing, but “marijuana” is sometimes seen as a more racist term for the drug — its roots are in Mexico, and it was often used in the past to associate the drug with racist stereotypes. Cannabis is a name that comes from the scientific designation, and advocates tend to prefer it in general these days (you might notice that here at The Elegant Stoner, we usually prefer “cannabis,” though we will sometimes use “marijuana,” both because it’s more commonly understood, and because it’s important to remember the racist roots of cannabis prohibition).
San Diego is also thinking about increasing limits on cannabis billboard advertising, and loosening limits on where cannabis businesses can set up shop. Billboard advertising for cannabis is big in San Diego — if you drive along the 5, you’ll see a bunch of billboards advertising different dispensaries. San Diego’s new rules would keep billboards away from parks, in addition to places like schools and playgrounds. On the flip side, the city will probably tweak the rules about where businesses can be, to better take into account places like freeways and canyons. The changes probably won’t account to much, but will probably make it a bit easier for dispensaries or producers to set up shop without worrying about running afoul of the law.
All of those changes sound good — if the changes are approved, they could be in effect as quickly as the end of the year. Legalization is just the first step to just and fair cannabis laws — even after legalization goes into effect, it’s great that communities are still watching the fallout, and adjusting as necessary.