Oceanside council removes ‘medical-only’ cannabis restrictions

By Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE — The city is officially removing its medical-only restriction on cannabis businesses, thus opening access to the recreational market.

At its June 2 meeting, the Oceanside City Council in a 4-1 vote approved an ordinance that amended the City Zoning Ordinance, City Code and Local Coastal Program to remove the “medical-only” restriction on cannabis businesses currently allowed in town.

According to City Planner Stefanie Cervantes, this will allow staff to approve transfers of existing local licenses to allow adult-use access. Existing facilities will need to submit a substantial conformity application to the Planning Commission for review to modify their regulated use permits.

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