Escondido Has Passed the Toughest Pot Laws in the State

The Escondido City Council has unanimously approved a cannabis ban so stringent that it has earned Escondido a new nickname as the “Just Say No City.”

It’s a moniker Mayor Sam Abed says he is proud to embrace

“We’re against the sales, the delivery, the dispensaries, everything. We don’t want marijuana in our city.”

Under the new ordinance, no form of commercial marijuana is permitted within city limits. No dispensaries. No cultivation. No deliveries whatsoever.

Escondido residents can grow up to six plants indoors and possess up to an ounce of pot because state law already grants them that right. But that’s it. The council has also imposed stiffer penalties on adults who allow minors to consume pot, other drugs, or alcohol on their properties. Those penalties include fines of up to $10,000 and even jail time.

Marijuana advocates have vowed to fight the city’s cannabis ban at the ballot box. Police Chief Craig Carter, who also supports the ordinance, says the city welcomes the challenge.