West Sac Approves Moratorium On Pot Dispensaries

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, July 10, 2009

The West Sacramento City Council this week approved a 45-day moratorium on dispensaries to figure out whether to allow any in town.

None currently operate within city limits. 

But the city got several inquiries after US Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this year said the Justice Department would not go after law abiding dispensaries. 

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon: 

“The environment has changed obviously with the announcement by the Attorney General. And we don’t know yet what the Sacramento city and/or county ordinances are going to look like. We do not want to be the sole supplier in the region. So that’s one of the things that we’re going to need to be taking a look at during this period."

They’ll also look at public safety and zoning issues.

Dispensaries in California are not supposed to turn a profit but must function as cooperatives for members with physicians' recommendations. 

Meanwhile, the Sacramento City Council will take up a similar ordinance next week. Its staff estimate there are two-dozen dispensaries within city limits.