KERN COUNTY, Calif. — On Tuesday the Kern County Board of Supervisors was expected to take up a recommendation that could have brought back medical cannabis dispensaries to the county.
However, that discussion was tabled after Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard was unable to attend the meeting due to jury duty. He had previously announced the scheduling conflict during an earlier meeting.
The Planning and Natural Resources Department was expected to propose two different options for the board to consider.
The first option was to allow the board to begin the process to implement an ordinance which would take several months, but staff says if the current initiative on the March 2020 ballot passes, it would outweigh that ordinance.
The second option was the board could put their own initiative on the March 2020 ballot that would require the retailers to be licensed by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control, be more than 1,000 feet away from parks, schools, churches, city limits and more. They would also be required to apply for the permit every three years and pay a business tax.
This is a developing story. We will update as additional information becomes known.