Some Kern County Pot Shops Are Refusing to Close

It’s been one month since all cannabis businesses in Kern County were required to close shop, but officials say some of them have left their doors open.

On Tuesday, county staff told the board of supervisors that a total of 18 medical marijuana dispensaries had shut down in compliance with county orders, according to the Antelope Valley Press. Four are openly operating in defiance of a ban on marijuana businesses and seven are suspected to still be engaging in marijuana sales under the radar. Those 11 businesses have been flagged for enforcement operations, said Planning Director Lorelei Oviatt.

Kern County banned medical marijuana sales in 2017, but allowed just over two dozen shops to stay open under “legal non-conforming” status. Their limited immunity ended May 24.

On June 18, Kern County supervisors voted to place a medical marijuana initiative on the March 2020 ballot. It will compete with another ballot measure proposed by marijuana advocate David Abbassi that would allow any dispensary open before January 2018 to reopen its doors.


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Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 06:34

The Department of Finance has completed a performance audit of the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control and its findings show the BCC’s program is still very much a work in progress.