OCEANSIDE —- The Oceanside City Council on Wednesday extended a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries for 10 months and 15 days.
The council enacted a 45-day ban last month, but city staffers said Wednesday they needed more time to study options for regulating dispensaries and to watch how a court case dealing with the issue elsewhere is resolved. The vote to extend was unanimous.
Councilmen Rocky Chavez and Jack Feller said they had received threats since the May vote.
California voters legalized medical marijuana in 1996, but the drug remains illegal under federal law. Several cities in the state have regulations that allow dispensaries. But others —- including San Marcos, Murrieta and Temecula —- have bans, according to Americans for Safe Access, a medical cannabis advocacy group.
The moratorium “gives us some time to come up with strategies on how to deal with this,” Councilman Jerry Kern said.
By The North County Times