Menifee City Council officially voted to prohibit mobile marijuana dispensaries after a second reading Tuesday, Aug. 6.
The council felt this vote was necessary to preserve public peace, health, and safety.
By law, the council must have a second reading and a final vote before adopting these ordinances, according to a report from Menifee 24/7.
The ordinance will take effect in 30 days and will prohibit any service from delivering medical marijuana anywhere within the city limits.
The council first voted to approve the ordinance on Tuesday, July 13, with a 4-1 vote.
It was Council Member Tom Furman who changed his vote Tuesday night, Aug. 6. He previously voted against the prohibition of mobile marijuana dispensaries due to the possible cost of enforcement.
He said he doesn’t want to spend Menifee’s tax payer dollars on police confiscating the drug.
Several residents that night were angry with the possible outcome of prohibiting the mobile dispensaries. Grant Yoders, a Sun City resident, asked the council to reconsider their vote.
“If you had a family member or close friend who was dependent on cannabis, your reaction may be different,” Yoders said to the council. “There is no law being broken here, if it is being prescribed by a physician.”
Those who are stuck at home or suffer from a disability and are dependent will obtain it one way or another, he said.
“…This is a private matter between patient and physician,” he continued say.
Scientifically, there are medical benefits of marijuana, said Deputy Mayor Wallace Edgerton, who is a former pharmaceutical representative. However, he wanted to make a clarification about why he wasn’t going to change his vote.
“The fact that it is illegal, has denied our medical community from doing the proper kind of research on it from both bad and good,” he said.
He also said people don’t need it medically, because there are better drugs available.
“Drugs affect different people differently and there are some people where smoking marijuana will benefit them over [any other medical substitute],” Edgerton said.
He said he looked at this situation whether or not marijuana was an “evil thing or bad thing.” He also told the public that people need to put their emphasis on Congress, it needs to be legalized there.
“I’m voting against promoting more of this stuff in Menifee where it’s only going to cause problems,” he said.