Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/10/15, 12:23 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> The decision to allow three medical marijuana dispensaries in the northwest part of the city will not go to the voters until the general election in 2016.

The City Council voted 3-2 on Monday night to place the controversial ballot measure in a general election rather than a special election due to some legal questions that could challenge the process. Council members Debbie Stone and Gino Filippi were opposed.

“Our community is not ready for this,” said Mayor Ray Musser just before the vote.

Craig Beresh, with the California Cannanbis Coalition, said the proponents followed all the proper procedures in order for this ballot to qualify for a special election. Beresh said he anticipates file a court order to get Upland to conduct an election this year.

For nearly two hours, the city heard from residents on both sides of the issue as well as deliberated the options.

A much-anticipated report from Upland’s attorney gave the council three options to consider regarding the initiative backed by the California Cannabis Coalition. The imitative would amend the city’s current ban on dispensaries as well as mobile dispensaries raised legal questions for Upland.

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