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REDLANDS >> The Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended amending the city’s medical cannabis laws due to a looming deadline proposed in recently enacted state law.

The city code currently prohibits medical marijuana dispensaries, but does not ban cultivation, processing, delivery and distribution of medical cannabis, according to the city staff report.

The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act — a set of three bills — was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October. The act establishes comprehensive licensing and regulatory framework for the cultivation, transportation, storage, manufacture, distribution and sale of medical cannabis.

The act requires local jurisdictions to develop regulation for the cultivation and delivery of medical marijuana by March 1 or it would fall under state law.

One of the act’s authors, Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, earlier this month amended the bill to remove the deadline. The bill is scheduled to be heard by two Senate committees today.

“It was never our intention to place such a short timeline on local lawmakers,” Wood said in a news release. “The current deadline gives jurisdictions just 65 more days to consult stakeholders, learn about the industry, and write good policy; that is not nearly enough time.”

Wood said in the news release he is hoping the bill will be on the governor’s desk by the end of the month.

The city’s proposed amendment would prohibit cannabis dispensaries, cannabis manufacturers and cultivation and delivery of cannabis in the city. It would prohibit activities that are required to have a license under the act and prohibit the city from issuing permits, licenses or approvals.

The City Council will consider the amendment during a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 35 Cajon St.

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