Santa Monica Extends Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Council voted unanimously, and without discussion, to extend a 45-day moratorium on permits allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Monica.

The ban, which the Council voted to extend for 10 months past its November 5 expiration date, would prevent any permits or land use entitlements for people looking to open up medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

“This is about waiting for the Supreme Court to settle some law. At least I can hope, that with a little bit of time that the law will become clearer and every city’s rights are better understood,” said Mayor Richard Bloom.

“I think most people have recognized that there are health benefits to some folks to using medical marijuana,” he said, but added that the issues is complicated.

“I think the discussion in Santa Monica is a little piece of a much bigger discussion that we’ve been avoiding for a long time because it’s controversial and it’s complicated and we have put ourselves in conflict with the Federal government as a state,” he said.

– Read the entire article at Santa Monica Lookout.



  1. Anonymous on

    bob holbrook is not a doctor. how dare he say these patients don’t need it doctors should sue him for slander and he should be fired than punished for willfully depriving sick people and conspiracy to do same.

  2. Anonymouse on

    After living in Santa Monica I am not surprised. But, considering that Santa Monica is such an infinitesimal (small town) portion of the greater Los Angeles area does it really matter. Patients will have a 5-10 minute longer drive (Famously bohemian enclave Venice Beach boarders S.M.) to find a dispensary in a city with politicians that are more progressive and courageous.

    Those that will remain nameless fear what they call the “green plague”. The expansion of consciousness can no longer be detained. Resistance is futile…