Brentwood: Council approves ban on pot dispensaries

December 11, 2007

Hilary Costa, Mercury News (CA)

The Brentwood City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a permanent ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

The new ordinance comes a year after the council approved a temporary ban pending further study into the negative impacts of the facilities on surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Those secondary impacts include increased crime and illegal marijuana use and possession.

Brentwood Planning Director Heidi Kline said a few organizations had inquired into locating dispensaries in Brentwood in 2004. None were ever built.

The council passed the ordinance quickly, asking no questions of staff and not discussing any aspects of it. The ordinance will undergo a second reading at a later council meeting, and will go into effect 30 days following that.

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