Humboldt County Supervisors Extend Ban On Pot Dispensaries: Marijuana Subcommittee To Work On Regulation

CALIFORNIA: The Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to continue a ban on new medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Humboldt County until an ordinance to regulate the businesses is developed and approved.

”I want to make it clear that my intent is to only have it there until we have the rules in place,” 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass said.

In a 3-1 vote, with 3rd District Supervisor Mark Lovelace dissenting and 2nd District Supervisor Estelle Fennell absent, the board directed county counsel to work with the board’s medical marijuana subcommittee on a way to limit the number of dispensaries and where they would be allowed to set up shop.

”There hasn’t been a proliferation, yet,” Bass said. “We have no idea what it would actually look like. I saw two in one parking area once, and that shouldn’t have happened. It’s just like regulating any other type of business.”

First District Supervisor Rex Bohn questioned how many dispensaries are really needed in the county.

”I’m worried about them flooding the market and creating a nuisance,” he said. “We need to find out how many are needed and set up fine guidelines of where they are going to go.”

Assistant County Counsel Davina Smith said there are around eight or nine applications for new dispensaries that have been on hold since a moratorium banning new permits was enacted by the board in December 2011 and extended last year. The moratorium was set to expire on Dec. 12.

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