El Cerrito to consider banning cannabis clubs

June 05, 2006

Alan Lopez, ANG Newspapers

Later this month, the El Cerrito City Council will consider banning medical marijuana dispensaries after failing to approve Monday night an ordinance that would have allowed the facilities within a three-block radius on San Pablo Avenue.

The city attorney had recommended that the council approve an ordinance allowing a cannabis club to operate between the Honda of El Cerrito dealership and Starbucks on San Pablo Avenue on the north side of town. Last month, the council gave the first of two approvals necessary for the city to adopt the ordinance.

On Monday night, the ordinance failed to receive a second approval. Two council members voted for it and two against. Councilwoman Letitia Moore was absent.

The council then voted 3-1 for city staff to come back June 19 with an ordinance that would prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries in El Cerrito, City Attorney Janet Coleson said.

The council's action also means that the city Planning Commission will not consider zoning changes that would have allowed the facilities, Coleson said. The planning commission had been scheduled to take up the matter in June.

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