San Bernardino County to Vote on Pot Dispensary Ban

Medical marijuana dispensaries could soon be banned under a proposal being considered in San Bernardino County.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will vote on the measure at a meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

The ordinance would outlaw pot dispensaries, defined as any group of three or more people who grow and distribute marijuana.

It would also ban patients from growing marijuana outdoors, with an exception made for state health facilities like nursing homes.

A previous ban on marijuana dispensaries was enacted in San Bernardino County in 2009, but it is set to expire in June.

Critics say the measure is stricter than policies in other counties, and will leave people without a safe way to access medical marijuana. They think the county should implement a system to regulate dispensaries without outlawing them.

Patients with prescriptions from their doctor can use medical marijuana to treat a variety of illnesses under California law, but federal law prohibits marijuana use entirely.

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