Mountain View Continues To Explore Medical Marijuana Issue

October 11, 2005

, NBC 11

The Mountain View City Council voted Tuesday to direct city staff to draft ideas for allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to open within city limits.


Council members voted to continue pursuing the idea and indicated an interest in knowing more about how larger cities have approached the move, the city clerk's office reports.


Prompting the council's proposal, the city recently received a permit application from a man who wishes to distribute marijuana to patients with appropriate medical conditions.


Mountain View has no policy on its books regarding medicinal marijuana distribution. If the council pursues and approves a policy to allow medical marijuana dispensaries, Mountain View would be the only city in Santa Clara County to allow such facilities.


The City Council asked staff to study how dispensaries in Santa Cruz, Oakland and San Francisco operate and what guidelines or regulations have proven the most successful in thwarting potential crime and other unintended consequences.


California voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996, which allows the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

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