L.A. County extends ban on medical marijuana cultivation, distribution in unincorporated areas

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to extend by one year a temporary ban on medical marijuana cultivation and distribution in unincorporated areas.

The vote came ahead of a possible statewide vote to legalize recreational marijuana and over the objections of medical marijuana patients and growers.

The county put in place an initial 45-day ban earlier this year and then extended it by another month. County planning officials said the moratorium was needed so they can study how to regulate the marijuana industry.

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Medical marijuana dispensaries are already banned in unincorporated areas, although business owners from East Los Angeles who appeared at the meeting Tuesday complained that hasn’t stopped numerous illegal operations from popping up. The new moratorium also bars growing and testing of medical marijuana, and mobile delivery services.

Medical marijuana advocates and patients urged the board not to extend the ban and instead to focus on regulating the industry.

To read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-county-marijuana-ban-20160628-snap-story.html

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