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LA County Puts a Temporary Moratorium on Commercial Marijuana Farms

Concerned about a possible influx of commercial medical marijuana farms, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to put a temporary moratorium on cultivation of the crop in county unincorporated areas and to study a permanent ban.

Last year, California’s legislature passed a package of bills that established a statewide regulatory structure overseeing the medical cannabis industry, but left room for cities and counties to set up stricter local regulations.

The new state laws designate medical marijuana as a crop like others, subject to the same regulations on water and insecticide use.

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said the county had since begun to receive inquiries about permitting medical marijuana production.

Medical marijuana storefront dispensaries are already banned in county unincorporated areas. The 45-day moratorium, which the supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to direct county attorneys to draft, covers cultivation, manufacturing and laboratory testing. [Read more at the Los Angeles Times]

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