L.A. Extends Pot Ban in Unincorporated Areas

A seven-year-old ban on marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County was extended Tuesday in a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors. The ordinance now applies to both medical and non-medical weed and covers commercial cultivation, manufacturing, testing and distribution.

Supervisors said the county needs more time to craft sound regulations in the wake of statewide legalization.

“We are trying to create rational, responsible, and accountable cannabis commerce,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “This is not a gold rush for businesses. It is the people of California calling for smart, responsible regulation of marijuana, and those who operate illegally are in direct opposition to this call for accountability, transparency, and responsibility.”

Supervisor Kathryn Barger also introduced an amendment prohibiting people from growing marijuana within 600 feet of a school or day care. It was approved. Plants can't be visible from the street or above a fence either.

Read more about the rules here


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