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Laguna Woods Marijuana Dispensaries Advisory Vote
The City Council has engaged in various discussion over the years regarding the potential establishment and operation of marijuana dispensaries. The most recent discussion occurred in May 2017 and culminated in a unanimous vote to prohibit marijuana dispensaries. By that same vote, the City Council also directed staff to “agendize a City Council discussion of potential regulations permitting the establishment, location, and operation of medical and/or non-medical marijuana dispensaries should Federal laws change such that marijuana is no longer a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act.” At the regular meeting on May 20, 2020 – acting on a recommendation made by Mayor Pro Tem Horne – the City Council voted 3-2, with Mayor Hatch and Councilmember Moore dissenting, to direct the City Manager to draft the resolutions necessary to include an advisory vote on the November 3, 2020 ballot to solicit voter opinions on the potential authorization of marijuana dispensaries in commercial zoning districts for future consideration by the City Council.