Fresno County City Approves Medical Marijuana Service

CALIFORNIA: The Coalinga City Council has voted to allow a medical marijuana dispensary, commercial cultivation and delivery services within city limits, making it the first Fresno County city to embrace new state laws regulating pot.

The Fresno Bee reports that the California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act went into effect Jan. 1 and lays groundwork for state regulation of marijuana. Coalinga has decided to move forward with those regulations, with hopes of establishing regulations for marijuana businesses by March.

The new state law gives cities and counties the ability to opt out of the marijuana industry as long as they pass statutes explicitly banning cultivation, distribution, delivery or anything else outlined in the act.