Ocean Beach resident Larry Sweet is living with stage-4 liver cancer and has been managing his pain with a combination of smoking and eating medical marijuana.
He’s relieved a ban on edibles and hash oil did not make it through San Diego’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday.
However he’s still concerned the idea will come up again.
“Quite frankly cannabis saved my life. I wouldn't have made it through the year without it,” Lee said.
Councilmember and committee chair, Mari Emerald, initially proposed the ban. She said it was a public safety issue.
“We have a void when it comes to regulation,” Emerald said. “Until they do, I want to make sure consumers in this community is protected.”
Emerald went on to express her concerns for particularly vulnerable patients taking edibles.
“These people are more susceptible to harm, food poisoning than the general population. They're going to get sicker. They're more at risk,” she said.
In November, an ordinance on medical marijuana dealing with permits and business taxes will go before the San Diego City Council.
NBC7 heard Marti Emerald could address the issue again then, that is if the state does not do something about regulation.