City Poised To Approve Pot Centers

  City Poised To Approve Pot Centers

Posted by CN Staff on December 08, 2005 at 08:00:13 PT
By Mike Sprague, Staff Writer 
Source: Whittier Daily News  

California -- In the dichotomy between state and federal laws on marijuana, Whittier officials appear to be siding with the state, preliminarily agreeing to a proposal allowing marijuana dispensaries but putting strict limits on where they can open.The Planning Commission this week approved a new ordinance that would put in place tight operating rules for marijuana dispensaries and limit them to only a few locations in the city.
The 4-0 vote Monday on the ordinance means it now goes to the City Council - with the commission's recommendation for approval - whose members will consider it Tuesday. The council in August directed planning commissioners to draw up such a law."It was the opinion of our city attorney that you can't ban them," Whittier Mayor Greg Nordbak said. "It's against the law. You have to come with up an area they can be in."Medical marijuana dispensaries have been legal under state law since 1996, when California voters passed Proposition 215, which allows marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes.However, under federal law, marijuana is illegal to possess and use.City officials began studying the issue after someone inquired at City Hall about establishing a marijuana dispensary in Whittier, said Jeff Collier, director of community development."A person came to the counter, looking at a site in town," he said. "At that point, we felt we had to look at alternatives and come forward with a reasonable standard."Without any form of guidance in our code, the city could be wide open to locating facilities anywhere in town," Collier said.The proposed ordinance closely follows city guidelines set down for adult businesses, particularly in its language spelling out where dispensaries are allowed to open, said Don Dooley, planning services manager.It limits medical marijuana dispensaries to 12 sites in the industrial areas of Whittier.Also, dispensaries would not be allowed to open within 250 feet of any business that sells or provides drug paraphernalia. The 250-foot limit also applies to homes or apartments.They also would not be allowed within 500 feet of any school, library, day-care facility or park.The ordinance also would prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from entering a marijuana dispensary. It also limits hours of operation to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and requires the facilities to provide security guards.R.D. McDonnell, Planning Commission chairman, said the staff did a good in writing up the proposal."It provides us with reasonable protections, but at the same time provides the opportunity for the legitimate operations," McDonnell said.Source: Whittier Daily News (CA)Author: Mike Sprague, Staff WriterPublished: December 8, 2005Copyright: 2005 MediaNews Group, Inc.Contact: mike.sprague sgvn.comWebsite: Marijuana Information Links Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #9 posted by mayan on December 09, 2005 at 04:08:16 PT
Can't Ban Em'
"It was the opinion of our city attorney that you can't ban them," Whittier Mayor Greg Nordbak said. "It's against the law. You have to come with up an area they can be in."San Diego city supervisors, take note. You are the vast minority and will soon lose your jobs.
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Comment #8 posted by Dankhank on December 08, 2005 at 16:37:40 PT
Devil lived there
Whittier CAWhere Richard M and Pat met and married ...Hope he's gyrating in his grave ...Cannabis shops in Whittier ...yea ...
read about Nixon's hate ...
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Comment #7 posted by siege on December 08, 2005 at 15:36:46 PT
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Comment #6 posted by siege on December 08, 2005 at 15:36:11 PT
O T  FDA Strengthens Warning on Paxil
The FDA asked manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline to reclassify the drug, which goes by the generic name paroxetine, as a "Category D" drug for pregnant women. The classification means that studies in pregnant women have shown a risk to the fetus. However, the FDA said, the benefits of the drug may outweight the risk to the fetus.
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Comment #5 posted by joegames on December 08, 2005 at 14:44:26 PT:
It's Simple Economics
Well, it's about time civic agencies started jumping on the MM club bandwagon after SB420. Perhaps they are realizing that having city sacntioned MM clubs allows tax money/proceeds directed to the city coffers if we get our med's from an agency here in the good ol USA of A, rather than the money being sent south of the border as is the case with the black market dynmaic. 
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Comment #4 posted by b4daylight on December 08, 2005 at 11:11:40 PT
imagine if drug stores had the same restrictions?second this is alot like the Netherlands... even the restrictions are similarin that you can sell it , but you also need a magic fairy to supply the contents of what your selling. 
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 08, 2005 at 11:02:30 PT
I'm sure he will see your post and contact you since you posted your e-mail.
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Comment #2 posted by JoeCitizen on December 08, 2005 at 10:53:02 PT:
Anyone know how to contact Steve Tuck?
FOM, I apologize in advance for using your site as a message board. I have a question for Steve Tuck, and I don't know how to get in contact with him.If Steve, or anyone who knows where to reach him, is reading this now, please contact me at ben-alternate Citizen
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Comment #1 posted by Zandor on December 08, 2005 at 08:17:08 PT
Where do I sign up?
As long as the city treats us fairly I guess I can live with what they propose. Where do I fill out the paperwork to open one?It's time we have more open in Southern California just to send a message to San Diego.
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