Dixon, CA sets rules for medi-pot clubs

July 27, 2004

Yasmin Assemi, Daily Republic

DIXON -- Medical marijuana pharmacies may have a tough time coming to Dixon.

The City Council - more cautious and formal than usual after being sued last week by a self-proclaimed political activist - unanimously passed an ordinance on an 'urgency basis,' regulating businesses that might establish medical marijuana dispensaries in Dixon.

The city hasn't received any applications for a business license to open a medical marijuana dispensary, but watches the ballooning number of applications for them in Northern California 'with somewhat increased concern,' City Attorney Michael Dean said.

When the Dixon Police Department received a telephone inquiry about opening one two weeks ago, the need for an ordinance became 'urgent.'

The ordinance defines what medical marijuana facilities are in the city's zoning code and provides stricter guidance on where they can locate, Dean said.

Council passed an additional resolution permitting city staff to work out the remaining details.

When Councilwoman Jill Orr raised concerns that such businesses might operate outside their legal confinements, Police Chief Don Mort told the council he would bring his 23 years of experience to bear and make sure they'd be investigated regularly.

There are currently no medical marijuana dispensaries in Solano County.

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