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On-Demand Mobile Fueling in Irvine
On-demand mobile fueling of gasoline presents public safety and environmental concerns, as it involves dispensing of highly flammable liquid from a mobile fuel vehicle to another vehicle in a multitude of outdoor settings. Motor vehicle fueling using flammable liquids such as gasoline is currently authorized by the IFC only at fixed gas stations, and for private use on farms and construction sites. In response to interest in on-demand mobile fueling, In 2016, the Office of the California State Fire Marshal convened a Mobile Fueling Task Force comprised of representatives from State agencies, fire code officials, industry stakeholders and interested parties to develop and evaluate regulations for on-demand mobile fueling. The Mobile Fueling Task Force ultimately drafted model code regulations for on-demand mobile fueling operations. The draft regulations provide technical and administrative safety controls for on-demand mobile fueling of motor vehicles. These regulations were presented during the International Code Hearings in 2016 and were approved for inclusion in the 2018 IFC (Section 5707- Mobile Fueling). Although the 2018 IFC has been published, it has no authority unless or until the California State Fire Marshal or the local jurisdiction adopts any new or amended code. The IFC is a model code that presents minimum safety guidelines for new and existing buildings, facilities, storage, and processes. Typically, the California State Fire Marshal will consider amendments of the IFC and then amend the California Fire Code accordingly. In the case of mobile fueling, the Fire Marshal did not adopt Section 5707 of the IFC governing mobile fueling because, by statute, the California State Fire Marshal cannot adopt any code that is not a building standard. This means local jurisdictions retain the discretion to allow or disallow this activity.
Legalize State University Cannabis Research
The University of California at Irvine recently established its Center for the Study of Cannabis, an innovative multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to legal cannabis. However, many of the proposed activities of the Institute unfortunately violate federal law and the UC prohibition against direct research involving controlled substances. There are number of options - including obtaining a DEA license, and/or engaging in some type of litigation - to deal with these challenges and obstacles. However, for a number of reasons, none are likely to succeed.
Fullerton Cannabis Regulatory Ordinance
Mayor Jesus J. Silva requested at the September 17, 2019 City Council meeting, consideration of a preliminary draft regulatory ordinance to allow commercial cannabis businesses, while imposing sensible regulations on the use of land to protect the City’s residents, neighborhoods, and businesses from disproportionately negative impacts be agendized for October 15, 2019