[UPDATED With Official Explanation] Rancho Santa Margarita Extends Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries
UPDATED, Nov. 10, 1:30 P.M.: There's an interesting story on the Rancho Santa Patch website about the city's recent moratorium. In it, city attorney Greg Simonian, who came up with the idea along with city manager Steve Hayman, basically tells reporter Martin Henderson that the city is just using the moratorium to enforce an ongoing ban against cannabis collectives.
Simonian notes that in nearby Lake Forest, the city spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to shutter several clubs for violating city codes, until it finally realized the easier option was to simply call up the DEA and get them to seize the property where the clubs were located. Rancho Santa Margarita's moratorium will last two years. That's a long time to figure out how else to keep the pot clubs out of town. Nice work, fellows. Who knew subverting the will of the people could be so easy?
: Cities throughoutCalifornia
--and by "cities" we actually mean "city attorneys, council members and other local officials"--are struggling to figure out how exactly marijuana will figure in the lives of their constituents. Two major factors are spurring this ongoing pot-related brainstorm:the federal government's recently-announced crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries
anda state court decision from Long Beach that appears to render any city's pro-cannabis stance illegal
Long Beach, which had enacted an ordinance allowing clubs to operate after paying a $15,000 fee and surviving a convoluted series of bingo-style lotteries and increasingly restrictive ordinances, is reportedly about to ban cannabis clubs.
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