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ordinance, “primary care givers would still be authorized to transport and deliver medical marijuana to qualified patients … provided they do not do it for profit and that they only have in their possession the limited amounts of marijuana allowed under the Medical Marijuana Program,” Community Services Director Bill Chopyk, said. “So this ordinance is really intended to regulate commercial deliveries, commercial cultivation,” he added. “Patients with valid medical marijuana … licenses … would still be allowed to use their medicine, so to speak. “Also, qualified patients may still drive to an authorized collec-

ENCINITAS — Encinitas 101 MainStreet’s Wellness Week returns for a sixth time starting Saturday. The weeklong event, held Jan. 23 through Jan. 30, connects people to dozens of organizations and service providers aimed at helping people RANCHO learn about and expeSFNEWS rience ways to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Wellness Week kicks off Jan. 23 with a Wellness Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Encinitas Library. There will be dozens of exhibitors and presenters offering free product demonstrations and samples — from massages to acupuncture treatments — free health screenings, free mini-treatments and educational workshops, as well as food vendors, live music and a variety of kids’ activities. The library branch will serve as the hub of the week’s activities and has all ages covered, from infant development classes to Silver Age Yoga. Throughout the week, dozens of organizations will be offering free and discounted products and services, and many will be hosting special

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Engaging the community Volunteer Jeremiah O’Keefe saws wood for the greenhouse roof at the Ocean Knoll Educational Farm. O’Keefe joined Engage Encinitas’ workday efforts during national day of service on Monday. Full story on page A7. Photo by Promise Yee

Medical marijuana delivery, cultivation banned in Del Mar, Solana Beach By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — The delivery, cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana will soon be prohibited in Solana Beach and at least temporarily in Del Mar. In response to recent state legislation, the Solana Beach City Council, at its Jan. 13 meeting, unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that bans all three activities. In September the California Legislature passed a series of bills that together establish the first statewide regulatory system for medical cannabis businesses. Cities have a few options to address the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, as it is known. They can adopt their own

ordinances to either regulate or prohibit cultivation and delivery or take no action. “If a jurisdiction does not implement regulations or specific prohibitions in their municipal code the state will provide regulation for them,” Solana Beach City Manager Greg Wade said. A drafting error in the new law stated that cities have until March 1 to take action on cultivation and Jan.

So this ordinance is really intended to regulate commercial deliveries, commercial cultivation.”

1, 2018, on delivery. That language was supposed to be eliminated but was inadvertently left in the final bill. While state lawmakers work to correct the error, many cities are not taking any chances on losing control of regulating medical marijuana within their jurisdictions and have passed or are in the process of passing their own Bill Chopyk laws. Community Services According to Director, Solana Beach the Solana Beach

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