Anaheim looks to extend medical pot ban

City officials want more time to study their on-going ban on medical-marijuana dispensaries and are asking the City Council to extend a moratorium on the establishment of such businesses for an additional year.

The council will consider extending the ban until January 2013 at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Article Tab: Eight year-old Robert Chinn carries a protest sign past a medical-marijuana dispensary on Chestnut St. in Anaheim in February 2011. After intense public pressure, operators of the dispensary shut down the facility within weeks. Anaheim officials want to extend a ban on allowing new dispensaries for another year. Eight year-old Robert Chinn carries a protest sign past a medical-marijuana dispensary on Chestnut St. in Anaheim in February 2011. After intense public pressure, operators of the dispensary shut down the facility within weeks. Anaheim officials want to extend a ban on allowing new dispensaries for another year.

The city has had a ban in place since 2007. Anaheim’s law was challenged in court by medical-marijuana patients who said it unfairly limited their rights guaranteed by state law. An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled in August that the city’s law does not conflict with either the state’s “compassionate-use” initiative passed by voters in 1996 (Prop. 215), or the 2003 state law allowing for medical-cannabis to be used by qualified patients (Senate Bill 420). But that case is still wrapped up in appeals.

Dozens of existing medical-marijuana dispensaries continue to operate in Anaheim in the meantime. In the past year, residents expressed serious concerns about dispensaries opening near homes, including one within a half-mile of the police station. That dispensary closed within weeks after strong public pressure, including organized marches. City officials said in a staff report that “several significant state court decisions” have been issued during the past several months dealing with medical marijuana.

In November, the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled in a case involving Riverside that cities have the legal right to ban medical-marijuana dispensaries. City Attorney Cristina Talley wrote in the staff report for Tuesday’s meeting: “In spite of the progress made by staff to date, additional time is needed for staff to study the legality, potential impacts and regulation of such dispensaries.” The council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd.

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  1. kybeau says:

    I BET IN 2 OR 3 MOE YEARS Robert Chinn is smokin lots of bud

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