VANCOUVER -- A British Columbia civil rights group is asking the City of Vancouver to reconsider its plan to ban dispensaries from selling edible forms of medical marijuana.

The request comes as the city council is set to vote on new zoning regulations for medical marijuana shops.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association said it recognized the logistical challenges to regulation but that an outright ban on items such as cookies and brownies would just transfer the problem to patients.

"This is not comparable to other kinds of medication," said Micheal Vonn, the organization's policy director.

"It's one thing to say we as government aren't really sure what kind of formulations are the safest. It is incredibly problematic to say to a patient: 'Here, go mix this up in your kitchen, like some kind of alchemist."'

Vancouver is poised to pass precedent-setting policies that would require dispensaries to pay