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Glendale's pot dispensary ban is expected to be extended

August 9, 2010 | 10:48 am

The Glendale City Council on Tuesday is expected to extend its temporary ban on pot dispensaries.

Medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited under the city's current zoning codes, but the City Council approved a moratorium last year to close Glendale's borders to the shops as city attorneys analyzed a complicated legal landscape.

City attorneys on Tuesday will recommend that the City Council extend the moratorium for an additional year as they await an appellate court ruling on an Anaheim ban and the results of a November ballot initiative to legalize and tax marijuana sales.

Because of those pending developments and the conflict between state and federal law, there is a "lack of certainty in the ability to ban or heavily regulate marijuana dispensaries," City Atty. Scott Howard said.

But that hasn't stopped Mayor Ara Najarian from expressing his opposition to allowing the stores in Glendale.

"A recent double homicide in Los Angeles highlights the point that there is a lot of inappropriate and unsavory activities that go on around those dispensaries," he said Friday. "They really increase the likelihood of abuse and inappropriate sales."

Citing similar reasoning, cities across the state have tried to regulate the proliferation of the shops, including a recent crackdown in Los Angeles. Other agencies have chosen to ban them altogether, with the most recent regulations proposed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for the county's unincorporated areas.

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-- Melanie Hicken