A resolution voted on Tuesday by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will restrict marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, processing, laboratory testing, distribution and delivery, and sales of marijuana and marijuana products in unincorporated Sacramento County.
The move comes after California voters passed Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) in November of 2016 -- which legalized personal recreational use and growing for Californians 21 and older.
It also opened the door for state-wide commercial recreational marijuana operations. The state of California will begin issuing commercial grow licenses come January 2018.
Shortly after the passage of AUMA, several local governments in Sacramento County adopted bans on commercial marijuana grows including Citrus Heights, Elk Grover, Folsom, and Rancho Cordova.
The City of Sacramento currently has 30 dispensaries with a current moratorium on new ones. The City passed a February 2016 ordinance allowing marijuana grows for commercial, agricultural, and industrial zones with a use permit and as long as it was inside a fully enclosed building.
The AUMA gives local governments the authority to regulate or ban commercial operations. Local governments cannot, however, ban marijuana for personal use or growth.
County Board Supervisor Patrick Kennedy took a stance against the ban saying instead that regulation was the answer. While Kennedy says he is not a proponent of marijuana, he says that banning it would not solve the issues facing the county.
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