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City Council approves ban on medical marijuana deliveries

Nearest dispensaries in Sacramento
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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A prohibition on medical marijuana deliveries, and mobile dispensaries, was approved Tuesday night by the Lincoln City Council.

The council voted 4-0 to include medical marijuana deliveries and mobile dispensaries in the city’s ban on marijuana-related businesses. Councilman Gabriel Hydrick was absent from the meeting.

Richard Miller, from Americans for Safe Access, disagreed with the council’s approval of the ban.

“Prohibition has not worked,” Miller said. “With no access in this county, you have denied access to all patients. Now patients have to turn to the streets. I’m very disappointed.”

“This puts a great deal of stress on patients who can’t go to Sacramento dispensaries,” Miller added. “These are patients who are the most in need.”

Councilman Paul Joiner said marijuana is still prohibited by federal law, still against California law and is still listed as a Schedule I drug.

“The council is attempting to bring our ordinances in synch with federal law,” Joiner said.

Councilman Peter Gilbert echoed Joiner’s comments.

“I intend to follow the law and I intend to uphold my oath,” Gilbert said.

A statewide initiative, attempting to legalize recreational use of marijuana, has qualified for the November ballot. Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational use of marijuana.

Mayor Spencer Short said he was of two minds on the issue, adding that state law regarding marijuana use may change in November.

“This is set up to be a complete boondoggle,” Short said. “I would consider not supporting this because (the city of Lincoln) would have to prosecute. Prosecution will cost the citizens of the city.”

Short added that he has compassion for people with terminal illnesses.

“I have a neighbor dealing with cancer,” Short said. “People in the throes of cancer, that concerns me.”

Short said advocates for marijuana use should address the states’ rights issue.

“I’d be more inclined to support medical delivery than mobile dispensaries,” Short added.