Mesa City Council votes on marijuana dispensaries

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

MESA, Ariz. -- The Mesa City Council has voted down a measure that would have allowed medical marijuana dispensaries to open up in the heart of the city.

The re-zoning would have changed the designation of a piece of mostly vacant land from limited commercial to limited industrial. In 2011, the council confined medical marijuana dispensaries to industrial zones.

It's a controversial topic. Not only is this issue about medical marijuana, but also about a way to revitalize a dying downtown, as Main Street in Mesa becomes a neglected and struggling place for business.

The city council considered whether changing the zoning would attract new businesses, including medical marijuana dispensaries and warehouses.

Some business owners in the area were opposed to the measure. Others thought dispensaries in the neighborhood would be a good idea.

The council needed six votes to pass the measure. But that didn't happen Monday night. The votes were four in favor and three against.