Kern Supervisors Ok Another Medical Cannabis Measure for the 2020 Ballot

Kern County voters had two chances to overturn a ban on medical marijuana. Come March 2020, they’ll get a third try.

Kern County supervisors voted Nov. 6 to allow a measure on the March 2020 ballot authorizing medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated parts of the county. The decision follows the failure of two similar initiatives that were on the ballot this November.

Unlike the two failed measures, however, the 2020 initiative would only permit dispensaries in operation before Jan. 1 and the businesses would have to apply for a license within 60 days after the new law takes effect. In all, about 60 dispensaries would qualify for licenses.

There are currently 29 medical marijuana dispensaries operating in Kern County. All may soon be forced to close. They received temporary licenses which are set to expire in May 2019. Nearly 20 of them have appealed to have the deadline extended past the 2020 election.