Clovis Bans Dispensaries

November 14, 2005

, Associated Press

CLOVIS, Calif. (AP) - The City Council has approved a plan that allows use of medical marijuana but bans dispensaries and limits the number of patients for providers.

Council members voted Monday night on the ordinance, which allows providers to have up to six mature plants or 12 immature plants per patient. Each provider would be limited to four patients

The plan also outlines zoning rules that spell out where marijuana plants can be grown. There is a cap of 99 plants on all cultivation under a cooperative growing arrangement.

Before passing the ordinance, city leaders grappled with where to allow patients to smoke the drug due to concerns about second-hand smoke. Initially, the city did not want marijuana smoked outdoors, but agreed to allow it as long as it was done out of public view.

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