Medical marijuana dispensary facilities aren't allowed in the Town of Danville through Oct. 6, 2011 after the Council voted to extend a year-long moratorium at their regular meeting Tuesday night.
The vote was unanimous and without public input. Town Attorney Rob Ewing said it is standard to have a backup ordinance, so in addition to that went into effect Tuesday night, they will have a second hearing that will be in the consent agenda Oct. 19.
Ewing said he expects the topic to also be brought back to the Council in early 2011, once the results of Proposition 19 would be sorted out. The state proposition, on the Nov. 2 ballot, asks Californians to consider the legalizing the cultivation, possession, use and sale of up to one ounce of marijuana for anyone age 21 and older. It doesn't directly impact medical marijuana dispensary facilities.
Tuesday's decision extends [the ones put in place Oct. 9 and Nov. 17 of last year, after a medical marijuana dispensing facility showed interest in opening in Danville. The extension is the last chance before state law would require Danville to adopt permanent regulations on the subject or revert to existing ordinances.
Prior to last year, the Town had no specific regulations regarding such a dispensary. The Town's General Plan and zoning ordinance, however, prohibit any uses inconsistent with state or federal law.
Since last year, Danville has reportedly received "at least five such inquiries" including "at least two such inquiries were from dispensaries already operating in other cities that were looking to relocate."