County planning officials asked for a 10-month extension so they could conduct a “comprehensive zoning study” and propose a system for regulating growing operations.
Marijuana dispensaries are already banned in unincorporated areas.
Medical marijuana patients and advocates pushed back against the ban.
“We have people who have seizures, we have people who have glaucoma, we have those with degenerative bone diseases, chronic pain, and unfortunately they are denied their medications now because of the closure of our cannabis clinics, our dispensaries,” said Greg Hernandez of Lake Los Angeles. “The only thing that this ban has gone ahead and done is reignited the black market right here in the Antelope Valley.”
Josh Drayton, a former aide to state Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), who now serves as deputy director of the California Cannabis Industry Assn., said polling has shown widespread support for the statewide marijuana legalization measure and asked the board to bring in industry representatives to help develop a regulatory structure.