MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Thousand Oaks Votes To Ban Outlets
"The Thousand Oaks City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to write a city ordinance to regulate medicinal marijuana dispensaries in the city," the Ventura County Star reports. The "council voted to: [e]stablish an ordinance regulating medicinal marijuana dispensaries," and "[d]eclare that medicinal marijuana dispensary is not a permitted use in any zone." The council's "vote ... came a day after a civil lawsuit was filed by Ventura County prosecutors ... [against] operators of the Rainbow Country Ventura County Medical Cannabis Center." The suit "alleges the center is a public nuisance and that 'great or irreparable injury would result to the public' if the business remains open" (Owens, 2/5). The Los Angeles Times reports that "Superior Court Judge William L. Peck on Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order against the Rainbow Country Ventura County Medical Cannabis Center." The order will prevent Andrea Nagy, the owner of the center, "and her boyfriend, Robert Carson, from selling marijuana to people with such diseases as cancer, glaucoma, AIDS and multiple sclerosis at least until" a March 2 court hearing. At that time, "Peck will consider a request from the Ventura County district attorney's office for a preliminary injunction that would close the area's first and only marijuana dispensary until a civil suit against Nagy goes to trial" (Folmar, 2/5).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.