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King City passes another marijuana amendment

Second ordinance extends expiration date to April 31, 2015


In a case of déjà vu, the King City City Council banned medical marijuana facilities from the city March 5 and then did it for a second time April 16.

The council voted 6 to 0 on the second ordinance enacting a moratorium that bans medical marijuana facilities within the city limits, effective immediately.

After the city passed the first ordinance, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1531 that "limits the ability of cities and counties to regulate medical marijuana facilities to the 'reasonable regulations' provided in statute: the hours of operation for medical marijuana facilities, where the facilities may locate within the zones allowed by law, and the manner in which a facility may dispense medical marijuana… "

But the key provision in SB 1531 is that it also allows cities and counties to keep their moratoriums in effect until May 1, 2015, provided the moratorium is enacted no later than May 1, 2014.

The previous ordinance passed by the King City City Council expired Dec. 31, 2014, whereas the new one expires April 30, 2015, buying the city four additional months to prepare an ordinance regulating medical marijuana facilities.

"This ordinance simply amends the dates on our existing ordinance," City Manager Dave Wells said. "We consider this an emergency because this must be back to the state by May 1, so there is not time for a second reading, and the vote must be unanimous (when declaring an emergency)."