San Diego County Board of Supervisors votes to ban all pot businesses in unincorporated areas

Ban applies to facilities already opened
Posted at 6:58 AM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-15 16:17:41-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to ban all marijuana businesses in the county's unincorporated areas Wednesday.

The board vote was 3-2, with Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts voting no. The ban includes medical marijuana facilities already opened and any future retailers.

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Currently, two medical marijuana dispensaries located near El Cajon and in Ramona operate in unincorporated areas f the county. They will be allowed to remain open for five years before being forced to close, under the newly passed ban.

In January, the board met to consider a list of regulations for medical marijuana facilities in unincorporated areas of the county and whether to continue a temporary ban on new dispensaries for a year.

Vice Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar, however, proposed a ban of all businesses during that meeting.

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California voters approved a state proposition last November to allow recreational marijuana operations. Proposition 64 immediately legalized possession, transport, use and transfer of marijuana for people 21 years old or older.

It also allowed personal indoor and outdoor cultivation of up to six living marijuana plants at a private residence.

The new law also allows municipalities to regulate marijuana-related activities and subject facilities to zoning and permitting requirements.