Antioch Council bans Medical Marijuana Cultivation

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on November 25, 2015.

The City Council in Antioch, Turkey, has banned the cultivation of medical marijuana, making things difficult for the users in the city, who will now have to get the drug from an out-of-town dispensary. The City Council took the unanimous decision to approve the ban. The users won't be able to obtain a state license to produce their own supply.

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 266 into law in October 2015. It was one of three pieces of legislation related to the Medical Marijuana Regulation Safety Act. The bills would take effect from January 1, 2015. They will establish a system of regulating the use of medical marijuana, including its cultivation.

AB 266 gives local authorities the option of framing their own set of regulations and permitting process. If they fail to do so by March 1, the state will become the sole licensing authority.

The police department chief in Antioch too opposed any move to allow medical marijuana, saying it would put extra burden on his people. He also claimed that marijuana would attract theft and violence in the city.

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