Roseville officials seek to regulate medical marijuana stores

May 17, 2004

Jennifer K. Morita, Sacramento Bee

Four months after Roseville's first medical marijuana store opened, city officials are looking at regulations that would limit others from setting up shop.

'If I can do something to remove this from our community, I'm going to do it,' Mayor F.C. 'Rocky' Rockholm said. 'But if we have to have them, then we need to control them.'

The Roseville City Council on Wednesday will consider enacting an emergency ordinance restricting where medical marijuana stores could open and how they could operate.

Based on proposed zoning rules, shops would be allowed in only two areas of the city -- across from the Galleria mall or an industrial area in old Roseville.

A state law enacted last year attempted to clarify a voter-approved initiative that allowed people to use and cultivate marijuana for medical purposes. However, local jurisdictions were left with the responsibility of coming up with their own guidelines for regulating sales.

Elk Grove and Citrus Heights recently established restrictions.

When Richard Marino opened Capitol Compassionate Care in Roseville's historic district last January, however, all he needed was a standard business license to set up shop.

Caught off guard, the city had no choice but to issue Marino a license.

Since then, Roseville Police spokeswoman DeeDee Gunther said several other groups have inquired about opening marijuana dispensaries in town.

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