Atascadero OKs 10-month moratorium on medical pot dispensaries

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.

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.