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Mayor: We Could Revisit Marijuana Ban

Mayor Jeff Ira explains the city council’s decision Monday to ban marijuana dispensaries.

The federal government went on a strict offense Friday by declaring that all medical marijuana facilities were subject to government seizure. Because of this announcement, the city council believed that this legal issue trumped all other staff reports and planning commission vote that .

The council ultimately indefinitely.

Questions for Mayor Ira:

  • What was the basis for the council's decision Monday night to ban marijuana dispensaries?
  • How long is the ban for?
  • Can the city re-visit this issue again in the future?
  • Why do you think the federal government went on such a harsh offense?
Vincent Von Dudler October 12, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Regardless of where you are in the United States marijuana is illegal at a federal level. If you want federal prohibition of marijuana to end Tell your representatives: http://pvox.co/CdiFqY and Tell the Obama administration: wh.gov/gDQ
Brash Brazen October 13, 2011 at 03:51 AM
California voters decided to defy federal law when they approved the Compassionate Use Act in 1996 & have been joined by 14 more states & several more have pending legislation. There are over 1,000 dispensaries in California now and the Federal Government lacks the resources & fortitude to do much more than complain at this point. Medicinal cannabis,dispensaries & patients are here to stay. I think they're trying to discourage new dispensaries from opening with these hollow threats. This gives cover to municipalities whose leaders views conflict with the majority of their constituents. Arresting people is the easy part,subverting the will of California voters is another matter. While a medical defense isn't allowed under federal law,closing dispensaries in mass will result in a backlash of jury nullifications & make the law unenforceable. Our city leaders took an oath to uphold the laws of the state of California,let the Feds enforce federal laws. Elected officials can't be prosecuted for allowing dispensaries legal under state law. Denying patients access to their medication is wrong & the federal threats are the new excuse,replacing the zoning study that would take 2 years. 15 years ago a majority of California voters decided to flaunt ridiculous Federal laws concerning marijuana & one press conference isn't going to change a thing. When voters legalize marijuana next year in California or Colorado or Oregon then they'll have plenty to keep them busy.What a waste of time
terry mccaffrey October 14, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Our country is in Afghanistan, in Iraq and busts it's own people as if it had nothing else to do-what a travesty.
terry mccaffrey October 14, 2011 at 01:10 AM
Agreed!

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