Kern County Supes Have Approved a Medical Marijuana Initiative for the March 2020 Ballot. Here’s Why Marijuana Advocates Are Displeased.

Kern County supervisors have voted to place a medical marijuana initiative on the March 2020 ballot. Tuesday’s decision followed an initial delay. It was made at the behest of Planning Director Lorelei Oviatt.

The measure approved by supervisors will compete with another, more liberal initiative proposed by marijuana advocate David Abbassi. Abassi’s measure would allow any dispensary open before January 2018 to reopen its doors.

The county’s measure would impose a 1,000-foot buffer zone around parks, schools, churches, and city limits. Retailers would have to obtain conditional use permits in addition to a state license and pay business taxes. Medical marijuana advocates did not want supervisors to approve this initiative. They would much prefer Abassi’s measure pass and worry that this could split the vote.

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