Kern County, Which Just Banned Pot, Could Still Welcome Delivery Services

Medical pot deliveries are still a possibility in unincorporated parts of Kern County, which recently banned commercial marijuana altogether.

Supervisors said Tuesday that they remained open to the idea of allowing drop-off services to set up shop in parts of Kern. The issue will now go to the Health and Social Services subcommittee.

A sample ordinance was presented in a memo by Kern County Counsel Mark Nations. It calls for allowing up to six delivery dispensaries in unincorporated Kern, each to be placed within at least 1,500 feet from schools, day cares, and churches.

One of the concerns the supervisors discussed was product testing. Planning Director Lorelei Oviatt suggested the county wait until the state has a testing mechanism in place to ensure harmful substances are not in the products being sold to the public.

There are an estimated 56,000 medical marijuana patients in Kern County. Yet not a single member of the public spoke in support or opposition to the idea. That may have something to do with the odd timing -- a fact that wasn’t lost on Supervisor Leticia Perez.

Perez questioned why the issue wasn’t broached in October when the board voted in front of packed chambers to ban all commercial pot.

“I am pretty confused about why this issue was not addressed,” she said.

Read more about Teusday's discussions here