HMB Ballot Measures on Cannabis Regulation

Measure SS

ADVISORY VOTE ONLY: Should the City draft and adopt an ordinance to allow and regulate retail sales of cannabis and cannabis products at up to two locations within the City?


Primary Argument in Favor:

According to the City of HMB, 69% of voters favored Proposition 64, which legalized a regulated cannabis industry statewide two years ago. These cannabis ballot measures are a continuation of the process to implement a local, regulated cannabis industry in alignment with the mandate of our voters from 2016.

The Coastside Cannabis Coalition supports this advisory measure to draft and adopt an ordinance to allow and locally regulate retail sales of cannabis and cannabis products at up to two locations within the city. We support two dispensaries as a comfortable starting point for our local community, and would eventually like to see the local market and patient demand determine the number of retail locations.

Cannabis delivery services already serve more than 1000 patients on the coast from Pacifica to Pescadero. Allowing brick and mortar dispensaries in HMB would increase patient access to safe, reliable, and regulated cannabis products that are free from pesticides and other contaminants, while also keeping those revenues, jobs, and taxes local. Senior and adult medical patients suffering from chronic pain and other health conditions would have easier access to safe, regulated cannabis products so they can take advantage of the well-known therapeutic benefits.

These delivery services currently operate outside of any local regulatory or taxation structures. Passing this measure would support patient access while also implementing and supporting local control of the cannabis retail activities already taking place in our town.

Furthermore, peer reviewed research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that access to state-regulated medical cannabis programs reduce opioid overdose deaths by 25% (Bachhuber et al, 2014) and significantly reduce the number of opioid prescriptions written, particularly for seniors (Bradford et al, 2018).

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Rebuttal to Primary Argument Against:

This is an ADVISORY MEASURE ONLY to give the City Council guidance as to the community’s opinions on retail cannabis activities for potential future ordinances. 

We support allowing limited local medical cannabis dispensaries  - within the context of what is right for our unique community - in order to allow our hundreds of local patients access to safe, regulated cannabis products.

Senior and adult medical patients suffering from chronic pain and other health conditions need safe and local access to cannabis so they may take advantage of the well-known therapeutic benefits. Many need to work with a trained dispensary technician and cannot receive the same level of care and guidance from a delivery driver. Further, peer reviewed medical research shows that state-regulated cannabis programs significantly reduce the number of opioid prescriptions written (particularly for seniors)* and the number of opioid overdose deaths by 25%.**

Limited local medical cannabis dispensaries would not affect traffic safety or traffic density. Half Moon Bay is not a cannabis destination, and two medical retail locations will not change that - especially with hundreds of other dispensaries already available to the tourists traveling to the coast from across the state.

The State has implemented and enforces strict restrictions on cannabis marketing, promotions, and events in alignment with community standards regarding all adult-use activities such as alcohol or tobacco consumption. We expect any local cannabis operations to follow those and other diversion prevention protocols and requirements.

*Bachhuber et al, 2014

**Bradford et al, 2018

Learn more about state regulations, public safety, security provisions, preventing youth access, environmental impact, odor/light control measures, and more on our Fear vs. Fact Sheet.