Kern County Bans All Commercial Weed

Kern County supervisors passed a total ban on commercial cannabis Tuesday, both recreational and medical. The 4-1 vote will force the closure of 28 legal dispensaries currently operating in unincorporated parts of the county. Another 120 pot shops that are operating illegally will face the hand of state and local enforcement with the help of a new task force priced at $1.2 to $2.7 million a year.

The Board was considering four different options put forth by the county’s Planning Commission. The Commission had recommended regulating marijuana instead.

Supervisor Leticia Perez cast the single no vote.

Read more about Tuesday’s vote here.