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City considers pot store ban

On City Council meeting agenda tonight.

Posted: March 11, 2008 7:28 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2008 5:01 a.m.
The Santa Clarita City Council will consider finalizing an ordinance tonight to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits.

If approved, the ordinance would go into effect April 10 and would ban any site, facility, business and vending machine that distributes or processes marijuana for medical purposes to physicians, qualified patients or their caregivers.

The council had adopted an urgency ordinance in 2006 to place a two-year ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

While federal law prohibits the use of marijuana, California state law provides an exception for medical uses. The conflict between laws has prompted individual cities to determine the legality of dispensaries within their jurisdiction.

The council will also consider approving an agreement with a consultant to begin the first stage of an environmental impact report for extending Lyons Avenue to cross San Fernando Road - now Railroad Avenue - to connect Lyons with Dockweiler Drive in Newhall. The city would relocate the 13th Street railroad crossing to the Lyons Avenue extension.

The street extension is part of the North Newhall Specific Plan, a 200-acre commercial and residential project near the entrance of Placerita Canyon.

The city has suspended its planning efforts until it receives approval from local and state agencies, which require an environmental impact report.

The city is also seeking council approval on an agreement with consultant Austin-Foust Associates Inc. to perform a traffic study as part of the city and county's joint One Valley One Vision General Plan. The fourth and fifth stages of the plan will require a draft land use map and an environmental impact report, which will include the traffic study.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd.


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