Berkeley City Council limits pot dispensaries

October 20, 2004

Patrick Hoge, San Francisco Chronicle

The City Council has voted to limit the number of medical marijuana dispensaries within Berkeley's borders to the three known to exist.

The council voted 7 -1 with one abstention Tuesday to approve Councilwoman Linda Maio's proposal, which also prohibits new dispensaries from locating within 1,000 feet of a public school.

Maio introduced the ordinance because she feared an influx of centers after Oakland, which had a dozen dispensaries, limited the number to four earlier this year.

Medical marijuana advocates said the limit is unnecessary.

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