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Oceanside for a Safer Community


Oceanside for a Safer Community was formed by cannabis patients and activists with the sole purpose of repealing the medical marijuana bans in the City of Oceanside.

Our goal is to establish sensible regulations so patients have access to safe, affordable medicine with tough lab testing standards, while keeping our kids and neighborhoods safe by moving cannabis off the streets and into a controlled environment.



Protecting PATIENTS

Oceanside for a Safer Community establishes sensible regulations to permit the sale of medical marijuana in your city so that patients with debilitating diseases, like cancer, have local access to doctor-recommended medicine. Oceanside for a Safer Community will also protect patient safety by mandating dispensaries test medical marijuana before it is sold to make sure it contains no toxins or other contaminants that could harm patients’ health.



Oceanside for a Safer Community puts tough restrictions on marijuana businesses, prohibiting them in residential neighborhoods or 1000 ft from schools and beaches – 600 ft from parks and libraries. Marijuana businesses must pay for their own security and work with city police to protect public safety.


Protecting our KIDS

Oceanside for a Safer Community prevents sale of marijuana to minors with strict prohibitions on underage sales and tough identification requirements, in order to reduce illegal marijuana sales.



Oceanside for a Safer Community requires medical marijuana businesses to pay taxes that add up to millions each year for public safety and other essential city services. If voters approve our medical marijuana initiative, millions more will be raised to pay for Oceanside police, fire and 911 emergency response.



  • Establishes sensible regulations for the sale of medical marijuana, and provides patients access to safe, affordable medicine with tough lab testing standards, while keeping our kids and neighborhoods safe by requiring state ID with proof of age to purchase any medical marijuana product.
  • Keeps medical marijuana businesses out of our neighborhoods and 1000 ft. from any school or beach, and 600 ft. from any public park or library.
  • Medical Marijuana dispensaries will pay 6% tax on Gross Sales.
  • Medical Marijuana cultivation facilities will pay $3.00 per oz. of finished marijuana product.
  • Medical Marijuana nurseries will pay $3.00 per sq. ft. of donor plant canopy space.
  • All medical marijuana businesses will pay an annual minimum tax of $1,000.00
  • Licenses will be issued via Point System.
  • All medical marijuana businesses will adhere to the strict standards of the States MCRSA law.
  • All medical marijuana businesses will be required to have security cameras as well as a fire and burglar alarm system that is monitored by a company 24/7.
  • Dispensaries will be limited to 8 dispensaries throughout the city (2 per district).
  • A “Task Force” will be created in order to oversee and advise the council regarding any issues that may arise from the new medical marijuana activities.
  • A Liaison from each medical marijuana business will be designated to work with the city manager regarding any complaints or problems with a medical marijuana business.
  • Only cultivation locations intending to be compliant with MCRSA Type 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A and 4 state cultivation licenses will be permitted.
  • Each cultivation facility shall maintain and operate an electronic point of sale plant tracking system compliant with the MCRSA.
  • All medical marijuana will be labeled as required by the MCRSA.
  • All medical marijuana product will be sent to a licensed distributor to process, test and distribute as required by the MCRSA.
  • All medical marijuana businesses will allow inspections by Health, Fire and Police during normal business hours.
  • All medical marijuana businesses will be open during the hours of 8am and 9pm only.


Our mixer event on May 26th to bring awareness and support for Oceanside’s new Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee. Over 70 industry, patient and patient advocates were in attendance and spent the evening eating, drinking and networking with like minded individuals. Our Mixer Event features speakers Amber and David Newman, City Councilperson Chuck Lowery, and a special appearance by Congressional Candidate Col. Doug Applegate.


Published on Jun 12, 2017
Charter-Cox Local Edition Host Brad Pomerance interviews Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery about the sale of both medical and recreational marijuana in the city of Oceanside California.


Published on Jun 20, 2017
San Diego Union Tribune Article
Oceanside farmers seek cannabis legalization,amp.html

Published on Aug 2, 2017
San Diego Union Tribune Article
Cannabis advocates seek special elections
Oceanside marijuana activists David and Amber Newman began circulating a petition over a year ago to legalize medical marijuana in their city. However, they suspended their signature drive to work with the city’s ad hoc committee.


Long Term Effects

Evidence does not support the notion that even heavy, long-term marijuana use by adults permanently impairs memory or other cognitive functions.

Some studies have shown that heavy marijuana use starting in the early teens has an impact on the brain, while other studies have shown no impact. What is clear is that much more research is needed.

A 2014 study of 2,600 young people found that when taking into account socio-economic factors such as environment, poverty, poor nutrition, parenting style, mental health, and alcohol use, the association between moderate marijuana use and IQ largely disappears. Still, it is strongly recommended that teens not use marijuana, as their brains are still developing, and in particular the part of the brain that controls emotional development can be sensitive

There is no definitive evidence that marijuana causes some psychiatric disorders in otherwise healthy individuals. Most tellingly, rates of schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses have remained flat even during periods of time when marijuana use rates have increased. This is not to say that there is no relationship between psychoactive substances and mental functioning. Some effects of marijuana use can include feelings of panic, anxiety  and paranoia, but these effects  are temporary.

Medicinal Properties

Alleviate symptoms of a wide range of debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, epilepsy, and Crohn’s Disease.

  • Act as a safer and more effective alternative to narcotic painkillers
  • Treat severe pain
  • Reduce nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy
  • Stimulate appetite in AIDS patients
  • Reduce intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma
  • Reduce muscle spasticity in patients with neurological disorders
  • Help manage some mental health conditions, particularly PTSD
  • Associated with reduced risk of head and neck cancer

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Oceanside for a Safer Community is a committee formed by a group of concerned patients, parents, residents, community leaders and business owners advocating the value, acceptance and inclusion of medical marijuana in Oceanside.

If you would like to be an advocate with us, Volunteer today and help us repeal the medical marijuana ban in the city of Oceanside!

Oceanside for a Safer Community
Oceanside, CA 92054

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