Is the city of Adelanto the standard for marijuana cultivation ordinances? As the city is lauded for their approval of marijuana cultivation, data shows they currently rely on the prison industry for revenue and are barely getting by. 5% of the population are in institutions but the majority of the city’s residents are not employed by the prisons nor was it required. The ordinance calls for the cultivation centers to be 2,500 feet from schools, in a straight line. There are currently five schools in the city of less than 40,000. The city of Compton held a town hall meeting on September 13, 2016, to discuss whether there should be a complete ban in the city. Should cultivation be allowed, the council has suggested a distance of 600 feet from schools. Compton Unified (CUSD) has around forty in the city of less than ten square miles while Adelanto encompasses fifty-six. Compton Unified officials are not happy and retained legal counsel, again.[adsenseyu2]
In April 2015, Compton Unified sued the city over the explosion of marijuana dispensaries in the city, despite them being banned under current city attorney Craig Cornwell, under the Perrodin Administration. CUSD’s biggest concern was their close proximity to schools.
Sources within CUSD describe a “behind the scenes” meeting taking place between them, the city, the Sheriff and District attorney’s office, regarding the lawsuit. Assurances were made the dispensaries would be closed. A year and a half later, they remain open.
2 Urban Girls received a letter, dated September 13, 2016, detailing CUSD has retained the services of Orbach, Huff, Suarez and Henderson in regards to the continued presence of marijuana dispensaries in the city, that were promised would be closed by the city and to date have not. During the town hall Mayor Aja Brown made reference to the cost it takes to close a dispensary, which is approx. $6,000.
Although there is a relatively minimal cost to closing the current dispensaries, can the city afford to do so? Compton Herald counts twenty-one currently in operation. In April 2015 there were twelve.