Pomona to discuss medical marijuana

March 04, 2007

Monica Rodriguez, Daily Bulletin (CA)

POMONA - The City Council will hold two public hearings tonight regarding medical marijuana dispensaries.

The first hearing will be held before the council votes on an interim ordinance to extend a moratorium on the establishment of dispensaries in the city for a year.

Last April, a 45-day moratorium was established after inquires were made about opening dispensaries in the city.

A decision to extend the moratorium for 10 months and 15 days was made in May to provide planning personnel with enough time to determine how best to address the matter.

City planning administrators are recommending the moratorium be extended for a year so two California court cases can be resolved. The outcomes of the cases may impact how cities address medical marijuana dispensaries, according to a city report.

Another public hearing will be held before the council decides whether to grant Farm Assist Caregivers an exemption to the moratorium, according to a city staff report. The medical marijuana dispensary at 268 San Lorenzo St. opened around January 2006 without city permits.

According to the city's zoning ordinance and the moratorium, dispensaries are not permitted.

Farm Assist Caregivers, if granted the exemption, would have to meet requirements similar to those in an ordinance set by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The open session for the City Council meeting is at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 505 S. Garey Ave.

- Monica Rodriguez, (909) 483-9336

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