Danville glaucoma patients will still have to go elsewhere to buy pot legally.
Town of Danville officials in a Tuesday study session agreed with a staff recommendation to create an ordinance permanently banning marijuana dispensaries.
The permanent ban is a follow up to a 45-day moratorium on medical marijuana distributors adopted in October 2009 and extended twice since.
The moratorium was put into place after potential operators of dispensaries contacted the town. Storefront operations around the state now sell everything from raw marijuana to cannabis-laced cookies and lollipops.
A staff report notes that conflicts remain between state law, which allows marijuana for medical uses, and federal law, which doesn't recognize the difference between legal medical marijuana and plain old pot.
"We're a pretty small town. We have a limited number of resources and we think this is the best way to regulate it," said Danville Mayor Karen Stepper.
The current moratorium is set to expire in October, so town officials will likely vote on the ordinance in September, in time to keep the marijuana ban in place.
However, Danville may not be able to block some backyard gardeners from growing their own pot. The staff report notes that under state law, qualified patients and their caregivers may "collectively or cooperatively cultivate marijuana for medical purposes" without being prosecuted.