Why LA County banned medical marijuana growing

Los Angeles County Supervisors voted Tuesday to temporarily ban all growing and cultivation of medical marijuana in the unincorporated areas of the county, effective immediately.

Until now, medical marijuana cultivation has existed in a legal grey area in the county – not specifically allowed under zoning rules but not banned either. It has also been illegal under federal law.

However, changes at the state level compelled the supervisors to explicitly ban growing. Last October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that will allow the state’s medical marijuana growers to turn a profit beginning in 2018. A ballot proposal to make recreational pot legal is also gathering signatures, and could be approved by voters in November.

As a result, entrepreneurs want to get in on the possible riches; Los Angeles County has been getting a lot calls from people who want to grow weed in the unincorporated areas, according to a staff report that recommended a temporary ban.

To read more: http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/04/12/59530/why-did-la-county-ban-medical-marijuana-growing/

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