Council wants report on pot dispensary soon

December 21, 2005

, Ventura County Star

Oxnard officials have three months to prepare a report on whether the city should allow a medical marijuana dispensary.

The City Council agreed Tuesday night to extend a moratorium on such operations for an additional 10 months and 15 days beyond the 45 days imposed in November. Council members Dean Maulhardt and Andres Herrera, however, asked city planning and legal officials for a report on the issue in three months.

The council imposed the temporary ban last month after a Simi Valley man inquired about opening a dispensary in Oxnard, which has no laws that either allow or prohibit such operations.

In 1996, California voters approved Proposition 215, which allows medical marijuana with a physician's consent. But in June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal prohibitions can still be enforced.

"I don't want this to be sitting on the shelf," Maulhardt, who supports medical marijuana for cancer victims and others in need, said Wednesday. "I don't want it to be sitting out there waiting to the last minute. I'm not sure what the council will support, but I want a decision rather than a postponement."

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