Moreno Valley city staff told to write pot sales ordinance
By Imran Ghori
Moreno Valley is moving forward with a proposal that would allow commercial sales and other activity related to cannabis.
At the end of a study session Tuesday, Oct. 10 the City Council directed staff to bring back an ordinance that would allow for sales, cultivation, manufacturing and testing of marijuana.
Although no formal vote was taken, the council split 3-2 on the issue with Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez and Council members Victoria Baca and Ulises Cabrera asking city staff to move quickly with a proposed ordinance.
Baca said regulation was needed to address the problem of illegal dispensaries that are popping up in the city.
Baca initially asked for a draft ordinance to be brought before the council next week but City Attorney Martin Koczanowicz said he’d need more time. Gutierrez then called for a special meeting to consider the issue Oct. 24.
Council members Jeffrey Giba and David Marquez called for more time to study the issue. Marquez said the city shouldn’t “rush the process” while Giba said he’d like the city to explore how other cities are handling the issue.