Fresno City Council votes to ban marijuana dispensaries

FRESNO, California - After grueling hours of debate and public comment, the Fresno City Council voted Thursday to ban marijuana dispensaries within the city by a vote of 4-3.

Steve Brandau, Paul Caprioglio, Luis Chavez, and Garry Bredefeld voted in favor of the ban while Esmeralda Soria, Oliver L. Baines III, and Council President Clint Olivier voted against to ban.

Caprioglio made a point that Thursday's decision would not be the end of the conversation, and it can be revisited when the public or the council -- or both -- decide the discussion is ready to be had again.

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