SAN LEANDRO -- Mayor Stephen Cassidy is inviting San Leandro residents to share their thoughts on the city's proposed medial marijuana ordinance at a special meeting Feb. 12.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the senior community center on East 14th Street.

The city council issued a moratorium on the establishment and operation of medical marijuana dispensaries in November 2010, and extended it in 2011 for a year. The moratorium expired Sept. 30, 2012.

The city's drafted ordinance would allow two medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits so long as they were approved for a conditional use permit by the board of zoning adjustments and met other security measures, staff said. The dispensaries would also have to be located more than 1,000 feet away from schools, libraries, youth centers, parks, recreation facilities, another dispensary, or within 500 feet of a residential zone.

"Medical marijuana has been a widely debated and challenging issue in cities statewide," Cassidy said in a statement. "The City Council is interested in hearing the community's feedback on the proposed ordinance."

The final version of the ordinance could go to the city council for final review as soon as late spring, staff said.

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