SC Times logoBy Eric Heinz

The San Clemente City Council voted Tuesday to have the city’s Planning Commission review guidelines regarding zoning ordinances to prohibit or regulate medical marijuana dispensaries within the city of San Clemente.

Following the enactment of the Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, which gives local governing bodies to regulate or prohibit marijuana/cannabis retail, the City Council was given an agenda item outlining the next steps of creating an ordinance.

The Planning Commission will receive a report on the new state legislation regarding the authorization of medical marijuana use and examine the long-term ramifications of such a prohibition on sales, cultivation and transportation. Per the law, the city has until March to enact a local ban on medicinal marijuana dispensaries. After that, the state’s own set of laws will be the governing code.

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