Supervisors ban all marijuana businesses in unincorporated county areas

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today voted to ban all marijuana businesses in unincorporated county areas.

The ban includes all medical and non-medical marijuana facilities, collectives, dispensaries, farms, growing and cultivation.

Two medical marijuana dispensaries – near El Cajon and in Ramona – currently operate in unincorporated areas. They will be allowed to stay open for five years, then be forced to close.

“I think it’s really important to remember that marijuana of any kind is illegal under federal law,” Board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said. “There have been comments made by the new administration in Washington that signs may point to action being taken in the near future to support federal law.”

The vote was 3-2, with Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts voting no.

“We ought to grow it, and we ought to have facilities conveniently located throughout the county including my neighborhood and your neighborhood and everybody else’s neighborhood, that is in a very controlled way, can provide for the sale,” Roberts said. “We don’t want kids to have it, there’s no question about that.”

Dozens of opponents and proponents of the ban signed up to address the board during a hearing that lasted about three hours. Many of the opponents of the ban pointed out that California voters have approved both medical and recreational marijuana.

“Here we find ourselves facing the government authority who believes they know what’s best for us, the majority, and do whatever is necessary to prove it,” Steve Lake said. “Ironically, it’s the same system of majority rules that has allowed for all of you to be elected into office.”

Patricia Riggs of the Dehesa Valley Community Council urged the board to approve the marijuana ban.

“We have enjoyed small-town living in a very caring community,” Riggs said. “It has taken decades to educate the public about the unhealthy effects of smoking. Now we have the ugly head of marijuana rising up.”

The board was presented with a variety of zoning options before the ban was suggested by newly sworn-in Supervisor Kristin Gaspar in January. Gaspar said her office received a lot of feedback from the community after she proposed the ban, including several inappropriate comments.

“Communicating messages that `Supervisor Gaspar should be shot’ for my opinion on this matter, that I am an `unfit mother’ and another example being that I `want to send cancer patients to jail’ are just not reasonable comments,” she said. “This isn’t a moral issue for me. What is at hand here is really a decision on can I manage the unintended consequences?”

6 Responses to "Supervisors ban all marijuana businesses in unincorporated county areas"

  1. Lee   March 15, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    THANK YOU, COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS . . . for FINALLY getting something right!!!!!!!!!

    Good lord, did I just actually thank our county supervisors?!

  2. Lee   March 16, 2017 at 7:01 am

    PS. Oh btw, if you wanna see what effects drugs have on society, look no further than what happened right here in town a couple of months ago.

    C’mon, potheads, let’s hear your bull[beep]!

  3. De Luz Neighbor   March 16, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Lee! So many brash comments lately. Be an ambassador who makes both sides proud.

  4. Preston   March 18, 2017 at 5:48 am

    If you want to see what happens to grade school children in a pro marijuana community take a trip to North San Juan California (near Grass Valley/Nevada City) and visit the local school. Then, take a look at the number of kids that graduate from Nevada Union (the community High School) that cannot read.
    If Marijuana is for medical needs (which I strongly support) I believe it should be controlled and administrated the same way all other drugs are handled and sold at the pharmacy.

  5. Lee   March 18, 2017 at 8:02 am

    @ De Luz Neighbor

    You have just made a brash comment. Unlike you, I have NO problem folks making them! In fact, I wish more folks/everybody would . . . and actually participate in our democracy.

  6. Lee   March 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    @ Preston

    Would you mind flying in a plane whose pilot crew was high on marijuana? Yes or no.

    Would you mind your heart surgeon about to do surgery on you to be high on marijuana? Yes or no.

    Would you mind your childrens’ teachers to be high on marijuana? Yes or no.

    Would you mind our police to be high on marijuana? Yes or no.

    Would you mind a judge to be high on marijuana? Yes or no.

    Would you mind our elected officials to be high on marijuana? Yes or no.

    Would you mind a train conductor to be high on marijuana? Yes or no.

    Preston, what is sad to me in this entire legalized-marijuana debate is that perfectly rational non-using folks have fallen for a lie(s) of an addict: medical purposes. The REAL reason is for potheads to get . . . high.

    PLEASE do not fall for the lies of an addict!


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