After banning medical marijuana dispensaries for three years, the Long Beach City Council this week loosened up the city’s stance toward cannabis.

The council voted 5-4 to allow medical marijuana sales in the LBC, but only through delivery – for now.

The body narrowly approved the motion by Councilwoman Suzie Price, who’s also an Orange County deputy district attorney, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Her ordinance will allow four services in town to provide delivery to qualified patients.

The deal appeared to head off a proposal by the City Attorney that would have allowed as many as nine storefronts in the city.

That proposal, nixed for now, would have provided a framework for dispensaries similar to the one seen in the city of Los Angeles. Providers would have had to establish their operations a certain distance from schools, churches and parks.

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He's a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor's recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out: raul@the420times.com

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