Laguna Hills approves ban on medical marijuana dispensaries

September 13, 2007

Alejandra Molina, Orange County Register (CA)

Laguna Hills leaders on Tuesday passed a permanent ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits any land use that is illegal under state or federal law.

A previously adopted interim ordinance banning the facilities expires Oct. 24, said City Attorney Gregory Simonian.

California voters have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but possession is still prohibited under federal law.

Simonian said the city's stance on marijuana dispensaries is similar to what other cities, like Orange, are doing. They, too, ban uses that are inconsistent with either state or federal law.

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