The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to extend a ban on cannabis businesses operating in unincorporated areas of the county.
The ordinance prohibits commercial marijuana activities and amends an earlier ordinance that applied only to medical marijuana. California voters ratified Proposition 64 in November, legalizing adult recreational pot in the state.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said in a statement that the board voted for the ban to give it time to implement cannabis regulations.
“We are trying to create rational, responsible, and accountable cannabis commerce,” Ridley-Thomas said. “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.”
Al Naipo, a spokesman for the supervisor, said there was no hard deadline for when those regulations might be implemented, but that a taskforce would be established to look into what steps should be taken next. No taskforce members had been chosen and there was no timeline available for their selection, Naipo said.
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