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Sacramento County Bans Marijuana Dispensaries

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors banned land use inconsistent with federal or state law.

After months of , Sacramento County has brought the hammer down on marijuana dispensaries.

The county board of supervisors voted Dec. 6 to update its zoning code to ban any land use that violates federal, state law or both, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The county planning commission opposed the move, but Interim Planning Manager Leighann Moffitt last week blamed that decision on "confusion" and concerns.

Only seven dispenaries are left open, with two more expected to close soon, Moffitt said.

After hearing numerous public comments, the board voted 4-1 to ban dispensaries. Supervisor Phil Serna was the sole dissenting vote, saying the zoning code amendment wouldn't change current county policy.

As soon as the item passed, several audience members erupted into protest.

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Patti Petersen December 14, 2011 at 05:05 AM
I have Multiple Sclerosis and am unable to take pain medications due to damage that has been done to my liver during the course of treatments for my illness. I have pain all day 24 hours per day 7 days a week. I was loath to try medical marijuana and did not try until last year, after 10 years of constant pain with no relief. A minimal amount of marijuana reduces the pain and enables me to function like a normal human being---now I am able to sleep at night. I do not abuse this drug; if anyone had told me it would help so much I would have taken it sooner. You cannot understand how disabling being in constant pain can be unless you have this experience. I use it 3 times per week so that I can sleep. My other options are to take oxycotin, basically synthetic heroin. I want to be aware and able to funnction not in an opiate stupor. This is the ending of my life and I feel that I should have access to a drug that is legal and has been proven to work for pain relief for illnesses that have no other reasonable options. Drugs that futher damage an already compromised body are not acceptable, when a mild medication reduces pain for up to two days with out being intoxicating or damaging my liver and other body functions. Closing access to people like me is cruel and illegal. I strongly oppose Carmichael's actions in Sacramento County.---Patti Petersen
Victor Calderon (Editor) December 14, 2011 at 08:25 AM
Patti, thank you for your comments. Carmichael Patch will continue to follow this and other local topics.
Marianne Martin December 14, 2011 at 05:14 PM
It is a real shame Patti that people like yourself will suffer due to bureaucracy. I feel for you. When are doctors going to take a stand on medical marijuana? I believe that we should have a choice to use natural pain meds or pharmacy meds if we want.
Victor Calderon (Editor) December 14, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Marianne, thanks for your comments. We shall see how this issue plays out, locally and around the country.
Tyler Carpadus December 15, 2011 at 05:14 PM
This is sad news, but unfortunately it isn't totally unexpected. Until the federal government takes a stand on medical marijuana (and even the legality of marijuana itself) things like this are going to happen. What is upsetting about this issue is that many counties/cities are citing the fact that some dispensaries don't care who they sell to and are operating outside of the State law. The counties/cities then decide to go after all dispensaries instead of the ones that are violating State law because its easier.
Tyler Carpadus December 15, 2011 at 05:14 PM
This is sad news, but unfortunately it isn't totally unexpected. Until the federal government takes a stand on medical marijuana (and even the legality of marijuana itself) things like this are going to happen. What is upsetting about this issue is that many counties/cities are citing the fact that some dispensaries don't care who they sell to and are operating outside of the State law. The counties/cities then decide to go after all dispensaries instead of the ones that are violating State law because its easier.
Marianne Martin December 15, 2011 at 06:46 PM
The pharmacy companies do not want to see medical marijuana legal. This would cut into their profits and no one wants that. It's such a political nightmare and there is nothing we can do until we get politicians to speak up............so we wait & wait.
Bradley Byrd December 17, 2011 at 07:45 AM
Well it sure seems clear to me that Sacramento don't care what the people of there county or city thinks. We are the people that voted on this and also at the same time pay there payroll . What the hell is going on here ? the people have no say so at all anymore .
Flop December 18, 2011 at 04:11 AM
I guess I'll occupy the emergency room every other night for seizures instead of medicating. And I'll never pay the hospital bill. So Sacramento, eat me.

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