Whittier council nips talks to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries

Whittier council nips talks to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries

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In this Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 photo a flash light is shown on a marijuana flower called “Golden Lemons” at the “Harvest Cup” trade show, in Worcester, Mass. The event commemorates one year of legal marijuana in Massachusetts. In 2016 the state voted to legalize the possession and consumption of marijuana. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Whittier leaders considered Tuesday reversing the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries; but much to the dismay of a dozen pro-cannabis residents who stayed until 11 p.m. for the discussion, the City Council decided to nix the subject. “We are no longer living in a time of reefer madness but in a time of science, technology and statewide legal cannabis,” resident Christine Singer-Luna said in championing change. Sign up for The Localist, our daily email newsletter with handpicked stories relevant to where you live. Subscribe here . Officially, what the council did was to “receive and file” the report presented by Whittier’s director of community development, Conal McNamara. It offered several tacks the council could take, including recommendations for permitting and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. The council members’ action essentially means they acknowledged the report but may not be taking further action. Last year, city leaders banned recreational pot dispensaries and the public’s ability to grow marijuana plants in Whittier. The vote was in response to the passage of Proposition 64 in 2016, the state initiative that legalized the adult possession, cultivation and sale of marijuana in California. After last year’s ban, the council asked city staff to bring back information about legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries. McNamara’s report was in response to the request. Council members said the report fell short in providing enough facts about medical marijuana. “What the conversation needed to be is that if we want to explore the idea of medical […]

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