A new law approved Monday by the City Council requires people growing medical marijuana in collective gardens to register with the city police. Growers must also provide "documented confirmation from the United States Department of Justice of compliance with all applicable federal laws regarding the production, processing, distribution or cultivation of marijuana for medical use."
After discussing the issue, the council approved the ordinance by a vote of 6-1, with Councilman Steve Dickerson casting the "no" vote.
Mayor Rick Newby, who proposed the ordinance, said it is intended to protect city employees from being caught between state law, which allows local governments to regulate marijuana growers, and the federal Controlled Substances Act.
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