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City votes to expand social host ordinance to include marijuana

Posted at 1:20 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 16:21:28-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego’s City Council voted Tuesday to expand the social host ordinance to include marijuana and controlled substances.

Before the vote, the ordinance only addressed underage drinking, but not drugs.

The amendment, which was approved unanimously, will now go before the council for a second reading before it becomes law.

“As a mom, the safety of my children is my priority, and as City Attorney, I am committed to protecting every child,” City Attorney Mara W. Elliott said.

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“The addition of marijuana and controlled substances to the Social Host Ordinance gives law enforcement a tool to deter conduct that puts our kids at risk. Working with Police Chief David Nisleit, we will educate the public about this ordinance, and hold accountable those who choose to ignore it,” Elliott continued.

According to the city, Proposition 64 opened the door for increased marijuana by minors.

“Sometimes underage use is assisted by well-meaning adults who mistakenly believe its dangers decrease when the use occurs in environments they host,” the city said in a news release.