Thursday, September 24, 2009

Calimesa Considers Medical Marijuana Moratorium

Calimesa council to consider moratorium on marijuana dispensaries

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Press-Enterprise

A moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries is likely to be adopted
by the Calimesa City Council next month.

The five-member council directed staff Monday night to draft a 45-day
moratorium and bring it back for their vote on Oct. 5. The council could
extend the moratorium up to two years, a staff report states.

Council members say the moratorium will give the city time to research
the issue of medical marijuana dispensaries. Mayor Jim Hyatt expressed
interest in contacting Inland cities that allow dispensaries to see how
it's working.

Councilman Bill Davis said he doesn't have a problem with the use of
marijuana for medical purposes but does have questions, including what
law enforcement costs are associated with dispensaries.

The council also wants to see how the California Supreme Court rules on
a case challenging the city of Anaheim's ban on medical marijuana

Calimesa is just one of several Inland cities to take up the issue of
medical marijuana recently. Beaumont enacted a prohibition on
dispensaries earlier this year and followed up with a moratorium on
collectives and cooperatives.

Yucaipa adopted a ban on dispensaries on Sept. 14 and the week before,
the Loma Linda City Council extended a ban on dispensaries through July

Dispensaries became an issue in Calimesa when a group called South Coast
Patients Collective Association approached the city about establishing
one in town.

"Since then, staff has received a few inquiries from other interested
parties waiting to see what action the city will be taking," a staff
report states.

Calimesa's zoning code does not address medical marijuana dispensaries.

Reach Erin Waldner at 951-763-3473 or ewaldner@PE. com com/localnews/ inland/stories/ PE_News_Local_ E_dispenses23. 4\

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