More backward steps...............

Merced County passes ban on medical marijuana dispensaries

The Associated Press

Article Launched: 12/21/2007 03:43:32 PM PST

MERCED, Calif.—A permanent ban on medical marijuana dispensaries throughout Merced County will go into effect Jan. 17.

The board of supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to pass an ordinance similar to ones already in effect in Modesto, Merced, Los Banos and other local cities.

There aren't any pot shops in Merced County, but law enforcement officials said the ban was necessary to curb crime, keep property values high and lower demands on police.

Several medical marijuana patients told supervisors the move would push them to buy marijuana on the black market.

California voters passed a proposition legalizing medicinal marijuana in 1996, but several counties including nearby Stanislaus County have banned the dispensaries.            And so the rot sets in............

Marijuana Dispensaries Banned in Brentwood             Dec 23, 2007

Posted by Sarin Kodchian of the Canyon News

BRENTWOOD—Tuesday night, the Brentwood City Council unanimously approved a permanent ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city,Just last year the city council approved a temporary ban pending investigation of negative impacts of facilities on neighborhoods and communities.Armed robberies, violence, illegal sales and consumption are among the most prevalent negative effects reported over a 14 month review

The ordinance would not ban health care facilities, residential care facilities, hospice, or state-licensed clinics. The new ordinance was passed quickly, with discussions and questions cut short. A second reading of the ordinance will be completed at a later meeting.

The permanent ban will go into effect 30 days following that second reading.

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