San Bernardino, CA – Annual fees for the issuance of medical marijuana cards have been proposed by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. The first reading of the ordinance will be tomorrow, June 23.
The recommended fees for caregivers and non Medi-Cal patients if $166 per card and $83 for Medi-Cal patients, per year.
County supervisors will read the title only of the fee ordinance tomorrow, June 22, and then vote on the proposed fees on Tuesday, July 14.
The proposed ordinance also authorizes the implementation of the medical marijuana identification card program and distribution of identification cards to qualified patients and their caregivers.
If approved, the program will initially operate six hours a day, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The County Department of Public Health expects to serve approximately 250-300 patients and caregivers each year.
Supervisors will also read the title only or an urgency interim ordinance for a temporary moratorium on the issuance of permits for the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Land Use Services Department reports the county currently has no development code provisions or design standards that are reasonably appropriate and applicable to the review and analysis for the siting of medical marijuana dispensaries.
The proposed urgency interim ordinance will, establish a temporary moratorium on the establishment of the dispensaries until the County Planning Department can formulate appropriate recommendations for adoption by the board of supervisors.
The moratorium will reportedly allow staff, in coordination with the the Sheriff, County Counsel, and other appropriate agencies, to conduct a study researching various approaches to regulating the subject land use.
The urgency ordinance will face a vote on July 14.
By G.T. Houts