Pacific considers outright ban on pot businesses

The Pacific City Council voted on Monday to move a trio of ordinances intended to govern medical and recreational marijuana business within the city on to the planning commission for review.

In a surprise move, the council forwarded to the commission an ordinance that would ban all retail, processing and production of medical and recreational marijuana, effectively prohibiting pot businesses in the city until a time to be determined by the planning commission.

The council also decided to extend for another six months the moratorium on marijuana businesses in the city. The council may cancel the moratorium before it expires of its own accord on Jan. 28, 2015.

Before forwarding the ordinances to the planning committee, the council requested several changes and additions, among them, adding home-grow operations to the ordinance crafted to ban medical marijuana in the city.

The council also requested that the planning commission consider potential changes to the language in the City's municipal code that prohibits the City from issuing business licenses to endeavors illegal at the federal and state levels.

Finally, it suggested requiring that all potential retail businesses be allowed to operate in commercial zones only.

The planning commission hosts a public meeting on the marijuana ordinances at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The council hosts a public hearing on the moratorium extension at its regular 6:30 p.m. meeting on Sept. 8.

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