Proponents of a measure to allow four medical marijuana dispensaries in Stockton have turned in a petition with more than 8,500 signatures. That’s almost 3,000 more than what are needed to put the initiative before the voters.
Stockton has a moratorium on pot dispensaries in the city and is suing the one remaining dispensary to close it down.
The petition to allow four dispensaries to operate would require background checks, security, and locations far from schools.
Attorney N. Allen Sawyer helped to draw up the petition and says there is a real need in the community.
“It should be an alternative that patients have, under medical supervision, if they feel it’s necessary to help them in whatever ailment they have,” says Sawyer.
Sawyer adds that the city will also reap the monetary benefits.
He says. “This will create a tax revenue of two million dollars annually for the city of Stockton.”
Sawyer says the petition needs 5,900 valid signatures to go on the November ballot.