Marijuana dispensaries one step closer to going up in smoke


The Town Council unanimously voted on Tuesday night to continue the discussion on permanently banning medical marijuana dispensaries within town limits. The permanent ban is a follow up to a 45-day moratorium on medical marijuana distributors adopted in October 2009 and extended twice since.

"This ordinance would add a provision to the zoning ordinance that medical marijuana dispensaries are not a permitted use anywhere in town or within the zoning district," said City Attorney Rob Ewing.

While 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 recreationally used, the recently passed State Assembly Bill 1300 allows cities to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. Danville hopes to take advantage of that law.

"I have not heard from anyone in the community that we should open a dispensary," said Vice Mayor Candace Andersen. "Quite the contrary, I have heard great opposition in our local blogs."

Although the permanent pan would prohibit dispensaries and forbid conditional land use permits, variances or licenses for distribution, Councilmember Robert Storer was unsure whether the ordinance would cover the "third part of triangle" -- people that bake marijuana laced food.

"(Cultivation) is a little dicer issue because the law allows qualified patients to cultivate up to a certain amount of their own marijuana," Ewing said.

The council will reconvene on Tuesday, Sept. 20 to read the ordinance for a second time, discuss the issue of cultivation and consider adoption. If the ban passes, it will be enacted within 30 days.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 8, 2011 at 9:06 am

Go for it Danville, who cares about the folks that are suffering with cancer and other painful issues. Keep your simple little town simple. Some day you just may wake up and realize booze and smoking is much worse for the human body than marijuana.

Thanks, Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by collins
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

How true, Julia! Many people I know are in tremendous pain for various reasons. Some take prescribed narcotic pain relievers and/or drink alcohol. I have watched the health of several deteriorate. My grandmother used to smoke marijuana, when she was a student and later teacher at the Chicago Art Institute. She bought it over the counter in packs at the local drugstore. We either need to come into the 21st Century and embrace it's knowledge and advances, or go back a hundred years before the government started to control too many aspects of our lives!

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Posted by B.Yari
a resident of Greenbrook Elementary School
on Sep 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I have two elementary girls attending Greenbrook and the decesion the Town Council made is correct. The last thing I want is something like that in my neighborhood. Even though you will counter it's for medical purposes if you read a little more you will understand that a majority of the cannabis club members have no medical condition...We like to keep our little community the way it is Julia and I know you love it when you are in our downtown enjoying the decent people walking around and not stoned.

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Posted by Beck
a resident of Danville
on Sep 9, 2011 at 11:48 am

What a bunch of NIMBYs!

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Posted by Bea
a resident of Danville
on Sep 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm

well there you go! Our little community the way it is! I am thinking of the children! Right now our poor children have to sit behind the Starbucks buying their cannabis hiding from the public eye...wouldn't you rather have them right there in the open?

It is Danville so maybe if they had a wine and cheese bar within the cannabis club Danville residents would have no problem :-) Heck I see a whole spin on Mommy and me night!!

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Sep 10, 2011 at 9:09 am

The Town Fathers (and Mothers) can solve this problem by banning smoking within the city limits. That will take care of the tobacco smokers AND the potheads.

Easy, huh?

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Posted by RC
a resident of Danville
on Sep 12, 2011 at 8:44 am

We have enough prescription drug abuse by kids and parents who think it is ok to pop painkillers, depressants, sleeping pills or anti-anxiety drugs and stimulants. This aside from alcohol is rampart in Danville and other communities.

How about bringing jobs in Danville for our children to keep them busy and working as they should. Too many "not working" kids roaming the streets.

Keeping a Cannabis club out of Danville is a good idea. We have enough crap going on.

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