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UPDATE: Council unanimously extends medical marijuana moratorium

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."

Comments

Posted by John Q Citizen, a resident of Danville
on Oct 5, 2010 at 11:11 am

Please, No Dope smoking fools allowed. This should be a no brainer. I mean should we let them open up next to the candy store downtown.How about the vacant flower shop by SRVH. NO, let them go to Oakland or San Francisco. Town Council are you there...?


Posted by American, a resident of Danville
on Oct 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm

John Q. Citizen: I agree 100% with you.


Posted by tosca, a resident of Danville
on Oct 6, 2010 at 7:44 am

I wonder why permanent regulations are not being put in place to ban dispensaries?


Posted by Really?, a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:13 am

Yep, the only people who should be smoking dope in Danville are the ones who just want to get high. You do know that there are plenty of delivery services that are not bound by this decision, right?

Sorry, folks, knowing what goes on in this valley when it comes to drug and alcohol abuse makes this hardline stand seem pretty silly and hypocritical. "No! There will be no marijuana dispensaries in Danville! Hey, could you order me another shot and a beer?"


Posted by John Q Citizen, a resident of Danville
on Oct 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Ok, Resident of another community...If you don't live here or havd kids here. Don't worry about our community. Please feel free to invite the dope dealers to yours.


Posted by Sherry, a resident of Danville
on Oct 7, 2010 at 8:23 am

tosca, marijuana is a legitimate remedy for many medical conditions so banning all dispensaries would put an end to the relief it brings for people who use it to alleviate suffering. My brother, a recovering addict, used it during his chemotherapy treatments in order to lessen his nausea and allow him to get some nourishment - nothing else worked. It was a really difficult decision for him given his history, but he used it during treatment and went off afterward. Without it he wouldn't have survived for the time he did.

I understand the controversy in having dispensaries nearby, but I also understand the efficacy of marijuana in the scope of treatment for various diseases and conditions.


Posted by Really?, a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2010 at 8:25 am

I've been in public safety in the valley for over 20 years. I have a very vested interest in what happens here. I know quite well what goes on and quite frankly, this public display by the Danville Town Council is window dressing while ignoring the significant substance abuse problem in the valley, especially among teenagers. Alcohol by far is the biggest culprit. Going after medical marijuana is like putting lipstick on a pig. I'm sorry you can't see that. The dopers are already here, and a lot of them are your children and your neighbors. Sorry for the harsh truth.


Posted by mom, a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:53 am

With Red Ribbon Week coming up in all of the public schools, how could we tell our kids to listen to that message but ignore the marijuana shop that opened in downtown. Do as I say and not as I do?
I hope it never gets approved in this area!


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