Kathleen Wilson, Ventura County Star | Published 11:11 a.m. PT Nov. 3, 2019
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors is being asked Tuesday to revisit the issue of allowing commercial marijuana businesses on unincorporated county land.
The board stalled over regulations two years ago, voting 3-2 against managers’ recommendations for amending land-use laws to allow a limited number of dispensaries, farms and processing plants. The only businesses that are allowed are delivery services from permitted facilities.
Although supervisors set objectives for a regulatory framework, they never took a final action to direct managers to put the outline into the form of a county law that would have teeth.
Now the board is being asked to either continue the prohibition or direct staff to prepare zoning amendments that would allow the enterprises.
A state initiative legalized marijuana for medicinal uses more than 20 years ago, but the businesses that sell, cultivate and process cannabis need the permission of local officials to operate legally.
Supervisors are set to weigh rules for marijuana businesses that are consistent with and sometimes stricter than state law and regulations allow. Required would be on-site security personnel and cameras, signs limited to the businesses’ names and preference for permits to be given to local operators if allowed by law.
Cultivation would be limited to 30,000 square feet countywide. The businesses must be at least 1,000 feet from schools, parks, youth centers and other commercial businesses providing medical marijuana.