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Coronado ban on dispensaries and deliveries

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CORONADO (CBS 8) - On Tuesday, the City of Coronado stood by its ban on the delivery of medical marijuana, and it's a move that has some residents fired up.

During Tuesday's City Council meeting, the City of Coronado agreed to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation and deliveries.

The Coronado police chief said he has not received any complaints about medical marijuana or deliveries. The mayor said the city will continue to ban it and could discuss later, but needed to act before the state took over regulation.

The ban is not final and some residents are fighting to allow medical marijuana deliveries.

Charles Crehore is a Coronado resident who said he knows patients who use medical marijuana. He was the only one to speak up during the City Council meeting.

"I really don't see a place for marijuana dispensaries, but as I jokingly told a friend of mine, 'I don't see a strip club on Orange Avenue either, but I don't want the city telling me I don't want strippers coming to my private private party'," he said.

The Coronado City Council passed a marijuana cultivation, dispensary and cultivation ban because under California's new "Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act," if cities do not pass a medical marijuana ordinance by March 1st, it will be up to the state to regulate.

Coronado's mayor said he wants the city to retain that right.

"State legislation is forcing us to spell out where we are at on marijuana. So we are on the prohibitive side than the legalization side," said the mayor.

There are no recent statistics on medical marijuana use in Coronado, but Council member Richard Bailey said the town's retired military and older patients need safe access through deliveries.

"Whether they are battling cancer or whether they are suffering from PTSD this is a type of service that I think it should be available to our residents," said Bailey.

Despite licensed dispensaries over the bridge in the City of San Diego, some believe patients will continue to have their marijuana delivered.

"What they have done right now is they have turned a bunch of people in this town into criminals and I find it unnecessary," said Crehore.

The ordinance will need final approval from the Coronado City Council at the January 5th meeting.

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