Chula Vista has approved a regulatory framework that could create the biggest marijuana marketplace in San Diego County.
The City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance that positions the city to gain a regional advantage in an industry that is estimated to generate $5 billion in California this year.
Under the ordinance, the city would allow up to 12 cannabis retailers — split between dispensaries and delivery services — 10 cultivation sites and an unlimited number of testing and manufacturing facilities.
The retail limits make it possible for Chula Vista to have more cannabis shops per capita than the city of San Diego, which limits dispensaries to 36 but has more than four times the population of Chula Vista.
And Chula Vista will be the first city in the county to regulate recreational marijuana delivery businesses.
“This is a huge deal,” said Manny Biezunski, the board secretary for the San Diego