This Week: City Council to take up medicinal pot issues

Published: Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 - 12:18 am

City Council to take up medicinal pot issues

The federal raids on California's medicinal marijuana industry have drastically thinned the number of dispensaries selling pot in the Sacramento area. In unincorporated Sacramento County, for instance, all 100 or so dispensaries have closed.

Pot vendors have been treated more gently by the city of Sacramento. It has stopped approving new dispensaries, but existing ones have been allowed to remain. On Tuesday night, the City Council will discuss whether the city should change its rules for pot growers and sellers.

Members are scheduled to debate whether the city should shorten the required distance between dispensaries. That would make it easier for them to move when they're evicted by landlords scared of having their properties seized by the federal government. The proposal split 2-2 in the Law and Legislation Committee.

Another proposal that split the members of that committee is also on Tuesday's agenda. It would require people who grow marijuana for their own medicinal use in residential areas to keep their plants indoors. Some city residents have complained about the odor of their neighbors' pot plants, and their potential to attract trouble.

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