Officials say the number of dispensaries is on the rise...with an estimated two-dozen currently within city limits.
Assistant City manager Gus Vina told city council members the 45-day moratorium does two things.
“It’s kind of a time-out so that staff has the time to really do some research and bring some recommendations to council. Secondly, it requires that existing establishments register with the city within 30-days of adoption of this ordinance.”
Vina says the purpose of that is to connect dispensary operators with city staff who are researching a possible ordinance regulating medical marijuana outlets. The city plans to hold public meetings on the issue.
City council members passed the moratorium unanimously.
Just last week, West Sacramento approved a similar moratorium. Some cities, like Davis and Folsom, have banned medical marijuana dispensaries entirely.