Chronic City: Dispensary Ban — Hey, Goleta, Nice Job Helping Patients!

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The Goleta City Council has unanimously passed a “temporary” ban on medical Marijuana dispensaries — while still claiming the city is “voicing support” for medical Marijuana patients.

The Santa Barbara Independent reports that the council voted 5-0 in support of an ordinance banning dispensaries within city limits, pointing to “the need to examine the option of allowing and regulating dispensaries in more detail.” Members of the council expressed interest in developing regulations under which dispensaries could operate, according to the Santa Ynez Valley Journal, but felt the ban should be in place in the meantime.
If there is a need to “examine regulating dispensaries” in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara, then one can't help asking why the council waited until the last two months of an already-imposed moratorium imposed two years ago. Councilwoman Margaret Connell says there isn't enough time now to do a good job of developing dispensary regulations before the moratorium expires on Aug. 30. So, what has the council been doing for the past 22 months?

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