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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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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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