Hercules passes moratorium on cannabis clubs

July 12, 2005

, Mercury News (San Jose)

The Hercules City Council Tuesday night unanimously imposed a 12-month moratorium on the opening of cannabis clubs.

No member of the public spoke, in contrast to other East Bay cities where medical marijuana advocates opposed recently enacted moratoriums, saying they are unnecessary and a hardship for patients, especially the disabled.

Pleasant Hill, San Pablo, Pinole and Albany approved moratoriums in May or June.

Councilwoman Charleen Raines cautioned against "forcing people who need it for pain relief to do something illegal" by setting overly restrictive rules.

Police Chief Fred Deltorchio said the intent of Hercules' moratorium is not to make medical marijuana illegal but to give the city time to craft an ordinance to regulate the operation and location of the dispensaries.

The moratorium will come before the council for a second reading on July 26.

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