To ban or to regulate? Cultivation, processing, and sale of marijuana up for discussion today

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Today, Thursday October 12, 2017 the Kern County Planning Commission will be meeting to discuss whether to ban or regulate the cultivation, processing, and sale of adult-use marijuana. 

At a meeting that took place two weeks ago, a vote was unable to be reached because the legal minimum of members needed to act were not present. Two members of the five person commission were absent. 

Proposition 64, which legalized the adult-use of marijuana, passed in 2016 and the state of California could begin issuing licenses to business that want to grow, cultivate, and sell marijuana by January 1st. 

Under Proposition 64 however, cities and county's have the right to ban pot if they so choose.

Both the Kern County Planning Commission and the Kern County Board of Supervisors must review a an environmental study and then make their decision as to whether they will be banning or regulating marijuana businesses in Kern County. 

However, the Kern County Planning Commission and the Kern County Board of Supervisors must reach a decision between now and the end of November so that whatever they choose has enough time to go into effect before January 1st. 

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