Pacific Grove Council to hear pot ban plan |

Pacific Grove Council to hear pot ban plan

Kevin Howe
Monterey County Herald Writer

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. – An ordinance outlawing marijuana dispensing businesses, clinics or clubs in Pacific Grove will be considered by the City Council when it meets Wednesday.

The ordinance has been prepared by City Attorney David Laredo after the council voted 5-1 last month to have him draw up an outright ban.

Proposition 19 on the Nov. 2 ballot calls for legalization of marijuana for recreational use in California, but Laredo noted that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal law that declares marijuana an illegal drug and that federal law pre-empts the state law allowing medical marijuana use that was enacted in 1996 and refined by the state Legislature in 2004.

Laredo’s recommendation at that meeting was to do nothing, and Councilman Robert Huitt, who cast the dissenting vote, agreed.

A moratorium on medical marijuana clinics is in effect in the city through Jan. 9 and there is plenty of time, Huitt argued, to gather information on how to go about implementing a ban.

But the other council members disagreed, saying no one would be exempt from federal law, regardless of the vote on Proposition 19.

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