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11.21.17 LS <br />ORDINANCE NO. NS -2930 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br />OF SANTA ANA AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF <br />ARTICLE XIII OF CHAPTER 18 OF THE SANTA ANA <br />MUNICIPAL CODE PERTAINING TO MEDICINAL <br />MARIJUANA TO UPDATE DEFINITIONS TO COMPLY <br />WITH STATE LAW AND ENSURE CONSISTENCY WITH <br />CHAPTER 40 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE, AND <br />AMENDING ARTICLE XII, SECTION 21-127 OF CHAPTER <br />21 OF THE SANTA ANA MUNICIPAL CODE INCREASING <br />THE TAX ON MEDICINAL RETAIL MARIJUANA BY ONE <br />PERCENT, FROM FIVE PERCENT TO SIX PERCENT <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. On November 4, 2014, Santa Ana voters approved Santa Ana's Medical <br />Marijuana Regulatory Program ordinance ("Measure BB") allowing up to twenty <br />(20) medical marijuana retail cannabis collectives/cooperatives ("dispensaries") <br />B. Following the adoption of Measure BB, the provisions of the measure were <br />codified in Chapters 18 and 21 of the Santa Ana Municipal Code. The City also <br />established an implementation plan, enforcement program, administrative <br />policies, and best practices. <br />C. In May 2016 and early 2017, following initial implementation of the ordinance, <br />the City held a roundtable discussion that invited stakeholders, dispensary <br />owners, and members of the medical marijuana industry to meet with City staff <br />regarding the implementation of Measure BB. Participants of the roundtable <br />discussions voiced opinions on various aspects of the regulatory program and <br />provided their recommendations for future policy level consideration. <br />D. On June 20, 2017, the City Council approved amendments to Chapter 18 to <br />streamline Measure BB and create more business -friendly conditions for the <br />existing collectives/cooperatives. <br />E. Further modifications to amend Chapter 18 and Chapter 21 are currently <br />proposed to update certain definitions to comply with state law and ensure <br />consistency with the newly adopted Chapter 40 (Commercial Cannabis). <br />Ordinance No. NS -2930 <br />Page 1 of 18 <br />