Urgency Ordinance Prohibits Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Diamond Bar

The city of Diamond Bar has taken steps to make sure no medical marijuana dispensaries open up in town.

The Diamond Bar City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to approve a 45-day urgency ordinance prohibiting the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries.

Ryan McLean, the assistant to the city manager, said the urgency ordinance was needed so that the city can have time to draft a permanent one.

Diamond Bar does not have any medical marijuana dispensaries operating at this time, he said.

However, there previously was one operating that has since closed. Before the urgency ordinance was approved, Diamond Bar's zoning code permitted one established dispensary within the city, according to the staff report.

As more neighboring cities prohibit the establishment of dispensaries, the likelihood that an operator might seek to locate in Diamond Bar increases, McLean wrote in the staff report.

Cities such as Whittier, San Dimas, Downey, Norwalk, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Placentia, Santa Ana, Orange, Tustin, and all unincorporated areas of Orange and Los Angeles Counties prohibit the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries, he added.

Proposition 215, passed by California voters in 1996, legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes only statewide. The passage of Senate Bill 420 followed to allow local jurisdictions to adopt and enforce rules related to the Proposition 215.

While medical marijuana use is legal in California, it remains illegal according to federal law.

By drafting an ordinance prohibiting dispensaries from opening in Diamond Bar, the confusion between state and federal law is eliminated, McLean said.

joebanana January 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Idiot's. The federal cartel gets it's consent from the states, the states from the PEOPLE. The PEOPLE VOTED for prop. 215, it isn't up to individual "municipalities" to figure out a way to circumvent THE LAW, without getting the sh*t sued out of them. Which will just cost them money that they don't have. Does Diamond Bar have liquor stores? Drug stores? Why does it want to perpetuate this war? Because they can do it legally, or the other way. I'm sure school kids would prefer the other way, no ID , no tax, no problem.
Vito Spago January 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM
If smoking cigarettes is not allowed inside buildings, restaurants, parks, etc then it is stupid to allow dope/head shops. Smoking is smoking.
Walnut Walker January 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM
joebanana: Prop 215 was for medical use of marijuana. It was pushed by the drug cartels and dealers. In reality, the law was a farce. I simply allowed pot heads to set up head shops and sell dope to lazy stupid pot smokers, The number of really sick people needing medical marijuana is miniscule. Now with all the money they are making, they are pushing total legalization, which will make all of the drug cartels who are cutting peoples heads off very happy. The dope industry is now in politics. Thank God there are city councils willing to keep these cesspools out of our cities. Go in one and look at the dope scumbags who hang out there. The courts have upheld the city's rights to control permits. Now the cartels will bribe the legislature to take away that right.
Vito Spago January 24, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Lotto, Casinos, legalized dope, Red Light cameras, anti firearm, pro abortion, pro perversion, lots of free stuff. Politicians exploiting the citizens (typically the poor, minorities, and not so bright and those that think they are progressive) in order to maintain the slave plantation. Give the people ANYTHING they want as long as they keep us elected, as long as they keep us getting rich, and as long as we can keep the unwashed walled away from us (via our loyal cops/armies). Sad that Conservative/Republicans understand this but are laughed at. Guess folks do not mind living on the slave plantation provided they can stay stoned all the time.
Annie G. January 24, 2014 at 03:38 PM
If federal law still says pot is illegal, they should be having a fun fun day with colorado, but not. California probably has many pot smokers, so one has to wonder where it all comes from- save the economy legalizes it, thats for sure.
joebanana January 24, 2014 at 03:48 PM
W.W. You really have no clue, do you? Do you know why cannabis is illegal in the first place? 2 things, greed and lies. DuPont had his nylon to protect, and Hearst had his timberland. After alcohol prohibition ended, Asslinger had a bunch of cops with nothing to do, so he had them harass the Mexican's. The cartels don't want it legalized, that'll kill business. As it is now, dealers don't ask kids for ID, and don't charge tax. Criminalizing a medical condition is pretty sick. If you, or a loved one ever get cancer, you'll rethink that opinion.
Concerned Parent January 24, 2014 at 04:06 PM
This country led by Mega Liberal and this state led by mini liberal, Jerry, are taking us down so fast. Everything is done to make money for their support groups and donors.
Vito Spago January 24, 2014 at 05:06 PM
JoeBanana. Mention the sick needing dope and I will come over and punch you in the nose. No one is that STUPID. Go into any head shop and it looks full of gang members NOT DOCTORS or PHARMACISTS. So CUT THE CRAP. You worried about the sick. Legalize growing 10 plants in your back yard. Grow the plants and donate your grow to a hospital near you.
Annie G. January 24, 2014 at 05:12 PM
oooooh..fight between banana and vito. taking bets, 2-1 on vito.
420 College January 31, 2014 at 08:48 PM
Wow!! Amazing how blind and sheep some people are...reading some of these comments makes me think I'm living in a population with monkeys. "Go into a dope shop and all u see is criminals and drug dealers"??? And exactly how many "dope shops" have u been into??? Sounds to me like u haven't been to any. And yea people got tires of families being destroyed and people going to jail...so they passed a "medical" law....and what's wrong with NOT going to jail???? U have legal dope that is destroying America and making people into slaves for dope..I don't hear anyone complaining about that..alcohol, guns, where is push back for those things??? But a few people smoke a plant and oh shit people become drug dealers and dope heads. What's the difference between smoking any other plant and cannabis?? As far as people who never used cannabis or smoked a rose bush goes, u have no idea, because u haven't smoked either one...you are going only off of what your masters have told you...friggin sheep..baaaaaaahhaaaaaa
Walnut Walker February 02, 2014 at 02:11 PM
I do have a clue. DOPER SKANK ran over a neighbor after taking a couple of hits on some marijuana. Quite simple. The MORON DOPER inhaled THC which was immediately sent to the brain because marijuana is ingested into the arterial side of the blood supply. It caused euphoria, self confidence and pleasure which blinded her ability to make cognitive decisions.
StarCity Plaza February 07, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Walnut Walker...first to call anyone you don't know personally DOPER SKANK is just STUPID! Second, I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that whoever ran over your friend had more than marijuana in there system. There have been no known cases where someone solely on marijuana alone has been in a car accident in CA. Do your research and show me one HERE SO EVERYONE CAN SEE IT! I only say this because I already know you won't find anything and all you will be able to do is spread more of you MASTERS propaganda! So show me the research...Walnut Man
StarCity Plaza February 07, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Vito Spago... Smoking is Smoking! Never heard a dumber statement. 1. Cigarettes cause cancer, well known fact! Marijuana has been proven to inhibit cancer cell growth and kills some forms of cancer, little known fact! But FACT ALL THE SAME. Even the U.S. Health Dept. will tell you that much...don't believe me go see for yourself they actually hold a patent on Medical Marijuana...Here's the Patent Number #6630507. So now you can see for yourself. Unlike the propaganda comments on here I will take you to the truth!
joebanana March 18, 2014 at 01:11 AM
I think V.S and W.W. are one in the same, at least on an intellectual level. Epileptic seizures, glaucoma, turrets, chemo-therapy dry-rot, and apatite loss, menstrual cramps, breast cancer, skin cancer, PTSD, ADHD, anxiety attacks, sleep disorders, the list goes on, ALL treatable with PROVEN POSITIVE results with cannabis. With NO negative side effects. It's a friggin vegetable, not a "drug".


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