Norco bans pot dispensaries

September 20, 2007

Andrea Bennett, Daily Bulletin (CA)

NORCO - The City Council voted to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in all city zones on Wednesday night.

The council considered extending its moratorium on such dispensaries for 10 months and 15 days as well as adopt a code amendment to prohibit them anywhere in the city.

An existing moratorium will expire Oct. 4 and an extension would prevent a lapse from occurring before the ban would be enacted.

Councilman Herb Higgins, however, moved to continue that discussion to the council next meeting on Oct.3.

He did so because the vote would have required a four-fifths tally, and only four council members were present on Wednesday night.

Higgins said he would have voted against the measure.

The City Council voted three to one to prohibit dispensaries in all city zones with Higgins dissenting.

It was a blow to local medicinal-marijuana advocates whom have been trying to reopen a dispensary called Collective Solution in the city.

After the meeting, the advocates said the fight was far from over.

- Andrea Bennett, (909) 483-9347

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