By Jonathan Morales
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 12:06 pm in Lafayette.
The Lafayette City Council approved a 45-day moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries Monday night. The moratorium will give staff and the council some time to develop regulations governing, or prohibiting, dispensaries within the city.
Orinda passed a similar moratorium earlier this month, sparked by an informal inquiry to the planning department from individuals wishing to open a dispensary in town.
Assistant Lafayette City Planner Michael Cass has said this move has been discussed for awhile as the city looks to implement the downtown plan, but the Orinda decision was also a factor.
California state law allows for limited use of marijuana for medical purposes, but the federal government does not. Only two cities in Contra Costa County, Martinez and Pinole, have regulations allowing for dispensaries. Eight have regulations prohibiting them.
The moratorium is effective immediately and could be extended for up to two years.