Salinas seeks medical marijuana ban

March 01, 2007

, The Californian

The Salinas City Council will consider an urgency interim ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday.

Salinas has received an inquiry about establishing such a dispensary. The city code neither permits nor prohibits such sites.

City law enforcement has raised concerns that such clinics could become a magnet for crimes including robberies and the illegal sale of drugs.

If approved, the moratorium would remain in effect for 45 days while the council studies the matter and considers amending the City Code regarding medical marijuana dispensaries. It could also extend the moratorium for up to two years.

The interim effort would ban the approval of applications for any such businesses.

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