Indio votes 'no' on medical marijuana -- for now

February 07, 2007

, KESQ ABC TV (Palms Springs)

It's a big no to medical marijuana dispensaries in Indio, after a city council meeting Wednesday night.

Indio's meeting with medical marijuana on the agenda was considered calm and quick. Council members voted four to zero to halt marijuana dispensaries for now.

Indio's meeting was nowhere near as emotional as the debate in Desert Hot Springs the night before. Police had to get involved there, while the council voted against a dispensary already in town.

Indio's mayor spoke about the difficult decision his city faces.

"It makes a real gray area for us," said Indio mayor Ben Godfrey. "It presents a real search of your conscience and you'd better have your ducks in a row."

Indio's vote means they have at least 45 days to figure out a permanent policy for medical marijuana.

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