Tuesday, June 5, 2007

La Quinta to consider medical marijuana ban tomorrow

Marcel Honore
The Desert Sun
June 4, 2007

La Quinta could become the latest valley city to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries, if its city council approves a ban during its regular meeting tomorrow.

Presently there are no dispensaries in La Quinta, so the ban would be a preemptive move to "head it off at the pass," as Councilman Tom Kirk put it.

Kirk and Councilwoman Terry Henderson both felt California cities are put in a tough position to decide the controversial issue, since state and federal law differ on medical marijuana.

Mayor Don Adolph first brought the issue to City Manager Tom Genovese when nearby Palm Desert began grappling with the fate of an existing dispensary there. The meeting starts 4 p.m. at City Hall, 78-495 Calle Tampico.

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