Senator Lou Correa, Author of Vetoed Medical Marijuana Restrictions Bill, Just Wanted to Help

Medical marijuana advocates celebrated Wednesday with Governor Jerry Brown's veto of SB 847. The brainchild of State Senator Lou Correa (D-Orange County), the bill would have required a 600-foot barrier between medical cannabis dispensaries and homes  (except in cities or counties with their own zoning laws, like San Francisco).

In his veto message, Brown said that such specific zoning requirements are the jobs of local, not state government. And marijuana organizations, like Americans for Safe Access, claimed victory, saying that grassroots activity — such as phone calls and e-mails to Brown's office — help persuade Governor Moonbeam.

But that's not how Correa sees it.

Numerous cities and towns across California are grappling with the dispensary question, with some — including Anaheim and Santa Ana, both in Correa's district — going to the courts to solve it.  “This is not an anti-pot bill … this bill would have stopped the fights [regarding dispensaries] from happening,” Correa said Wednesday. “I'm still trying to figure him [Brown] out.”

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