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Supervisors vote down plan to allow medical cannabis dispensaries

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
With a 3-2 vote March 21, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal from county staff that would have guided the creation of medical cannabis regulations for the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. 
Supervisors Steve Bennett and John Zaragoza voted in favor of the proposal, that would have allowed two medical cannabis dispensaries in the unincorporated areas and a maximum of 10 commercial cultivation licenses.
“Let's put our toes in the water and see how we do with those two operations,” suggested Chris Stephens of the Ventura County Resource Management Agency.
Stephens estimated there are 15,600 medical cannabis patients countywide, with 1,800 residing in the unincorporated areas.
Stephens' proposal, he said, would meet approximately 25 percent of the county's demand for medical cannabis.

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