Hesperia bans pot dispensaries

November 15, 2005

Tracie Troha, Victorville Daily Press

HESPERIA — The City Council unanimously voted to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits at its meeting Wednesday night. The action came as no surprise as the council showed their support for the ban at their last meeting Nov. 2.

Principal Planner Dave Reno said in his staff report there are no pending applications to establish a dispensary and none exist in the city. The measure was created as precaution after learning about the problems facing other cities where dispensaries are allowed.

Mayor Jim Lindley called the move a "continuation of other council measures" to regulate controversial businesses with the city.

"The council previously banned massage parlors after the city started getting a lot of these business license applications and there were concerns about what was really going on," Lindley said. "We also regulated adult stores after worry they would open close to schools."

The mayor added that a new state law enacted last year allowed local governments to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries.

Hesperia now joins several other cities across the state that have banned the dispensaries.

According to the staff report, cities such as Oakland and Roseville are facing problems with burglaries at the medical marijuana dispensaries along with issues such as illegal drug dealings outside the facilities and people coming from out of state in an attempt to obtain the drug.

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