Pubdate: Tue, 09 Aug 2011 Source: Anderson Valley Post (CA) Copyright: 2011 The E.W. Scripps Co. Contact: http://www.andersonvalleypost.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/5046 Author: Pamela Britton-Baer PLANNERS BAN MARIJUANA COLLECTIVES The Anderson planning commission voted to ban medical marijuana on Monday, August 8, 2011. During an evening meeting that grew heated at times, the commission voted 3 to 1 to prohibit collectives. Voting for the ban were commissioner Barnett, Baugh and Mower. Commissioner Haggard was the lone dissent. Chairman Walton was not in attendance. The city's council chambers were packed with people determined to tell the story of medical marijuana's many benefits, but city commissioners were quick to point out that the issue at hand was not whether medical marijuana was beneficial to patients, but what Anderson residents wanted. "We are here to represent the city of Anderson," said Commissioner Mower. "It doesn't matter what I think. It's what the residents of Anderson think." Commissioner Baugh felt the same way. "Out of 100 people," said Baugh, "I've had two people say they think we should have a collective." For close to an hour, proponents of a resolution to regulate marijuana were still trying to state their case. Commissioners Barnett, Baugh and Mower held firm. Later, it was Baugh that motioned to adopt Resolution No. PC 11-08 -- a recommendation for the city council to add Chapter 17.66 to the Anderson Municipal Code prohibiting medical marijuana. The outcry was immediate. Shortly after the vote, proponents of a resolution regulating marijuana exited the room. With the commissioners' recommendation in place, the matter now moves on to city council. City manager Dana Shigley stated the issue will be discussed on Sept. 20. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.