California legalized medical cannabis for patients suffering from acceptable conditions with Proposition 215 on November 5th, 1996, amended their medical marijuana program with Senate Bill 420 in 2003, and failed to legalize recreational cannabis for all adults over 21 with Proposition 19 on November 2nd, 2010.
California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in the United States. And despite decades worth of initiatives and ballot measures, has failed to legalize recreational cannabis each year. California has constantly been an example for the possible flexibility of the medical marijuana model, where acceptance into the program is fairly easily and sales are often unregulated.
San Diego is one of many cities in California looking to crack down on the rampant propagation illegal dispensaries. The city has passed many new regulations which limit the number of dispensaries, collect annual licensing fees from dispensaries, and more.
Currently there are over 2100 medical dispensaries operating licensed or illegally in California today.
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