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Dispensaries Pushed Away From Parks and Schools

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

 The Sacramento City Council voted to increase the distance a marijuana dispensary can operate from where kids would congregate.  A new city ordinance mandates a dispensary be no less than 1,000 feet from a school or park. 

Joy Patterson with the City says none of the existing dispensaries will be affected, "Actually, of the existing locations, two of them come within that radius, but because they're existing they're allowed to stay there and go through the permit process."

Opponents of the ordinance had claimed it would prevent them from accessing marijuana.

The council also proposed creating a process for dispensaries to apply to operate in more neighborhoods than the two industrial districts in which they are currently allowed.

Nineteen of the original 34 dispensaries that opened in Sacramento when California passed its medical marijuana law are still open. 

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