On Pot, Riverside Supes Are Keeping an Open Mind

Even the more conservative voices on Riverside County’s Board of Supervisors appear open to relaxing local marijuana rules in the wake of Proposition 64.

“I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I am the definition of `no fun,” said Supervisor Kevin Jeffries during discussions about the county’s marijuana policies. “But the voters of California and Riverside County did speak, and they did so overwhelmingly in favor of Prop. 64 November. So we have an obligation to make the best of the situation.”

A nearly three-hour public hearing was held Tuesday, March 21 to parse the impact of California’s new marijuana legalization measure. The county also gathered input on allowing marijuana activities in unincorporated Riverside. While there’s no consensus yet, it’s clear which way the Board is turning.

“I am going to keep an open mind about what things need to be considered,” Supervisor Chuck Washington said. “We can come up with a plan that works for Riverside County.”

Board Chairman John Tavaglione expressed sympathy for public safety officials’ anti-marijuana stance but didn’t speak much about it directly. Supervisor Marion Ashley was not in attendance.

A number of cities in Riverside County and the Inland Empire have been warming up to pot. Permitting processes for commercial grows are now in place in Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs and Perris.

An ad hoc committee will now examine the impact of relaxed marijuana rules on unincorporated parts of Riverside County.

Read more about the recent discussions here