Galt May Issue Moratorium on Medical Marijuana 

Galt May Issue Moratorium on Medical Marijuana 
Posted by CN Staff on May 15, 2005 at 20:24:42 PT
By Ross Farrow, News-Sentinel Staff Writer 
Source: Lodi News-Sentinel
Calif. -- Since several cities in the Sacramento area have banned or restricted medical marijuana dispensaries, Galt officials think the city may be approached in the near future about allowing one to open there.To prepare for that possibility, the City Council will consider issuing a 45-day moratorium on medical marijuana at Tuesday's council meeting.
California voters approved The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, which allows people to obtain and use medical marijuana under certain specified circumstances.However, Senate Bill 420, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2004, authorizes cities and counties to regulate the distribution of medical marijuana within their communities."As more cities regulate or ban medical marijuana dispensaries, it is increasingly likely that medical marijuana dispensaries may seek to locate in Galt in the immediate future," according to a written report by Police Chief Doug Matthews and City Attorney Tom Gibson.The cities of Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Roseville, Citrus Heights, Woodland and Davis have adopted ordinances banning medical marijuana dispensaries or limited their location, according to the report.Further, it claims, cities that allow medical marijuana to be distributed report an increase of burglaries, robberies and the sale of illicit drugs.Matthews and Gibson recommend that the City Council adopt an urgency ordinance, which means that the typical 30-day waiting period would not be required once the ordinance is adopted. During the 45-day moratorium, city staff would investigate the affects a medical marijuana dispensary would have on Galt.The California Department of Health Services is creating a pilot program beginning in July to regulate medical marijuana identification cards issued by dispensaries. The largest one in California is the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative.Sacramento, Yuba, Sonoma, Mendocino, Marin, Del Norte, Trinity, Shasta, Amador and Santa Cruz counties will participate in the pilot program in the summer to regulate medical marijuana identification cards. San Joaquin County declined. However, all 58 counties will participate by the end of the year.The city of Lodi does not have an ordinance regulating medical marijuana, according to Police Chief Jerry Adams."We have talked about it, but at this point, we haven't had a big rush in this area. It's not a bad idea," he added of the moratorium.Adams said the city of Lodi has higher priorities on its plate, such as the city budget.In other action Tuesday, the Galt City Council will consider: Expanding the assistant city manager's and planning director's position to full time. Currently, Curt Campion serves half time in each position, with half his salary coming from each of the two departments. Banning parking on C Street from Crystal Way to the Denny's restaurant area west of Civic Drive between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.The ban would be 24 hours a day within 50 feet of any driveway or parking lot within the same area. Ordering a professional audit of the police department's evidence room. Final maps and subdivision agreements for the Chancellor Estates No. 6, Grizzly Hollow Unit 3 and the Schmidt Ranch subdivisions. Appointments to the newly created city Youth CommitteeTuesday's council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive. It will be preceded by a 6 p.m. closed session to conduct contract negotiations with the Galt Police Officers Association and on Matthews' personal contract as police chief.Source: Lodi News-Sentinel (CA)Author: Ross Farrow, News-Sentinel Staff Writer Published: Saturday, May 14, 2005Copyright: 2005 Lodi News-SentinelContact: letters lodinews.comWebsite:'s For Safe Access Medical Marijuana Archives 
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