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LS 3.21.18 <br />ORDINANCE NO. NS -2941 <br />AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL <br />OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA PURSUANT TO CHARTER <br />SECTION 415 AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF <br />CHAPTER 40 TO ALLOW COMMERCIAL CANNABIS <br />TESTING LABORATORIES FOR MEDICINAL AND ADULT - <br />USE PURPOSES AND AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS <br />OF ARTICLE XIII OF CHAPTER 18 OF THE SANTA ANA <br />MUNICIPAL CODE PERTAINING TO MEDICINAL <br />MARIJUANA TO ENSURE CONSISTENCY WITH <br />CHAPTER 40 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE <br />THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA HEREBY ORDAINS AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br />Section 1. The City Council of the City of Santa Ana hereby finds, determines <br />and declares as follows: <br />A. In 1996, the California electorate approved Proposition 215, the <br />Compassionate Use Act which allows a patient, with a doctor's recommendation, <br />to use cannabis for medical purposes without the fear of prosecution or arrest. <br />B. In 2003, the California legislature passed Senate Bill 420 (Medical Marijuana <br />Program Act) which amended the Health and Safety Code to permit the <br />establishment of medical cannabis dispensaries for the distribution of cannabis <br />for medical purposes. <br />C. In 2005, the California Board of Equalization began issuing seller's permits for <br />sales consisting of medical cannabis. <br />D. In 2008, the California Attorney General issued guidelines for the security and <br />non -diversion of cannabis grown for medical use. <br />E. On November 4, 2014, Santa Ana voters approved Santa Ana's Medical <br />Marijuana Regulatory Program ordinance ("Measure BB") which was codified in <br />Chapters 18 and 21 of the Santa Ana Municipal Code. Such regulations govern <br />medicinal marijuana and the retail sale thereof. <br />F. In 2015, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 643, Assembly Bill 266, and <br />Assembly Bill 243, collectively referred to as the Medical Marijuana Regulation <br />and Safety Act ("MMRSA") further amended in 2016 as the Medical Cannabis <br />Regulation and Safety Act ("MCRSA"), which established regulations and a state <br />licensing system for medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, delivery, and <br />dispensing. <br />Ordinance No. NS -2941 <br />Page 1 of 32 <br />