Kathleen Wilson, Ventura County Star | Published 9:33 a.m. PT Nov. 6, 2019
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors this week stuck with its ban of commercial medical marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas, but decided to study whether to make an exception for the small community of Nyeland Acres.
Supervisor John Zaragoza said there is considerable support in the working-class community near Oxnard for the tax benefits that retail sales of marijuana could provide.
So the board decided to look at the question even as the majority opposed allowing the businesses in the rest of the sweeping unincorporated territory that includes farmland, open space and small towns.
Marijuana sales for both adult use and medical reasons will be covered in the study for Nyeland Acres. Only the addition of a dispensary would be analyzed, not businesses that process and grow marijuana.
Most of the public speakers were preoccupied with another issue: the odor from hemp fields. Hemp was not on the agenda, but complaining homeowners were told it would likely be discussed at a board meeting Nov. 19 in Moorpark.