Rocklin Votes To Ban Medical Marijuana Store For Now

June 18, 2004

Associated Press, KCRA TV - Sacramento

ROCKLIN, Calif. -- Rocklin city officials are just saying no to medicinal marijuana stores, making them possibly California's first city officials to ban rather than regulate the stores.

The city council voted 5-0 Thursday for an immediate 45-day ban, saying the stores would damage the city's family atmosphere. The city will consider a permanent prohibition after public hearings before the city's planning commission and council.

'We have spent years and years trying to do things in Rocklin that favor a family community,' said Vice Mayor Peter Hill. 'Introducing this into the community, even with the proper controls, (will lead) to the kind of trouble we don't want.'

Councilman George Magnuson expressed the lone hesitation about the council's action, saying sick people should have the chance to use medicinal marijuana. But he voted for the ban, noting that nearby Roseville has a medicinal marijuana shop for those who want it.

The council took the emergency action one day after a Stockton resident expressed interest in opening a shop in Rocklin.

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