A 10-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in Atascadero was approved Tuesday.
The ordinance, approved unanimously by the Atascadero City Council, was introduced by city staff to pre-empt such facilities from moving into town while a permanent ban is drafted.
The decision temporarily repeals a prior ordinance that allowed one dispensary not within 1,000 feet of a school, church or park. In September, the City Council voted to adopt a 45-day moratorium on the establishment or operation of a medical marijuana facility to give staff more time to study the issue.
The move was prompted after city staff received several calls from people expressing interest in opening dispensaries.
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In San Luis Obispo County, six of the seven cities have passed ordinances prohibiting the establishment or operation of medical marijuana facilities. Atascadero is the only city to lack such a permanent ordinance.