Boulder City bans medical marijuana dispensaries

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Boulder City councilmembers have voted to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits, saying they don't think the businesses are a good fit for the town.

The City Council voted 5-0 on the measure Tuesday, making the city of 15,000 the first in Clark County to bar the establishments.

Las Vegas has a moratorium on dispensaries while city staff members research the matter.

Nevada voters approved medical marijuana in 2000, but that law provided no legal way for patients to obtain the drug except to grow it themselves.

Lawmakers passed a law in 2013 that sets up a framework for distributing medical marijuana, although it allows municipalities to impose moratoriums.

Mayor Roger Tobler emphasized patients can still use medical marijuana in Boulder City, even if they can't buy it there.

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