La Mesa (KGTV)- It is getting known as a single of the most progressive marijuana ordinances in the county. The city of La Mesa plans to unveil its proposed guidelines this week. City leaders think lifting limits is the essential to defeating illegal pot shops.

If passed, the City of La Mesa would be the initial in the county to place forth an ordinance with out a challenging cap on the quantity of dispensaries inside city limits.

“We didn’t play that game,” says La Mesa City Council Member Bill Baber. “We’re fundamentally saying they’re in our industrial locations, they have to be regulated, and the industry itself will flush out how quite a few get to exist.”

Councilmember Bill Baber says the proposed ordinance would weed out illegal pot shops by operating a path to run a genuine company.

It is a various strategy than the a single in Chula Vista. City leaders hope a restricted quantity of legal dispensaries will drive consumers away from illegal pot shops.

At present, there is only a single legally operating dispensary inside La Mesa city limits.

“We’re proposing our dispensaries that have legally been promoting medicinal marijuana to also move a single step forward and to sell recreational. It is the exact same solution.”

Beneath the new laws, the dispensaries will be taxed. The revenue will go to the city’s common fund. It will support with placing much more officers on the street and shutting down illegal operations. Councilman Baber says the city estimates the new ordinance will bring in practically $two million a year in city taxes.

The funds will also be applied to clean up old run-down buildings that as soon as housed illegal dispensaries.

“In four years our city lawyer and our police have shut down 26 of these,” says Baber.

West La Mesa Resident, Erik Egelko, says the boarded-up firms are now bringing in squatters. Behind an old, illegal pot shop on El Cajon Boulevard sits old furnishings, trash and the rancid smell of urine.

“It just genuinely turned into a slum,” says Egelko. “I see west la Mesa as obtaining this unbelievable prospective.”

The La Mesa City Council will be reviewing the ordinance for the duration of tomorrow’s city council meeting. There will be public comments for residents to weight in.

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