Rialto considers banning medical-marijuana shops

August 05, 2007

Jason Pesick, Daily Bulletin

RIALTO - The City Council will consider banning medical- marijuana facilities from the city on Wednesday.

The council will take up an urgent interim ordinance banning the facilities even though state law allows the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

By voting to ban the facilities, Rialto would follow the lead of Ontario, Upland, Montclair, Grand Terrace and its neighbor Fontana, which did the same in July.

No one has tried to open a medical-marijuana facility in Rialto.

The interim ban, which requires at least four votes on the five-member council to pass, would last 45 days while the city studies its options. The ban would go into effect immediately.

- Jason Pesick, (909) 386-3861

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