CITY HALL — The City Council today will consider permanently banning marijuana dispensaries in Glendale after spending nearly two years vetting their legal standing to do so.
Medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited under the city's zoning codes, but the City Council in 2009 adopted a moratorium to completely close Glendale's borders to the shops so city attorneys could review the legal issues associated with an all-out ban.
But that moratorium is set to expire in September and officials can no longer extend it, prompting city attorneys and police to recommend enacting a citywide ban similar to those in dozens of cities across the state.
There are no dispensaries within Glendale city limits, but city officials have said interest has increased in recent years. Glendale is also a virtual island in the Greater Los Angeles area. In 2007, 187 pot dispensaries registered to continue operating when the Los Angeles City Council approved a moratorium.