Medical marijuana task force places draft ordinance on hold

September 20, 2006

, The Desert Sun

The Palm Springs Medical Marijuana Task Force, scheduled to finalize a draft dispensary ordinance today, has moved its deadline to Oct. 6. The task force wants to hold off sending a measure to the City Council until it knows what Riverside County plans to do with its medical marijuana ordinance.

The county Board of Supervisors is slated to vote later this month on a revised medical marijuana law that would allow some on-site use of medical marijuana for patients and employees at dispensaries.

The Marijuana Antiprohibition Project has issued a written rebuttal to Riverside County District Attorney Grover Trask's white paper, issued Wednesday, that said California's law allowing medical uses of pot violates federal law and is illegal.

The project's eight-page "green paper" says, in part, "To date, no court has declared California’s medical marijuana laws preempted by federal law ...."

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