Board: Ventura County’s Ban On Medical Marijuana Enterprises May Be Temporary
The board has asked for regulations it could put in place instead of outright prohibiting medical marijuana enterprises. In other local news, county planners say a project to transport heavy crude oil by rail is too risky to the public's health.
The Ventura County Star:
County Blocks Medical Marijuana Enterprises For Now
A board Tuesday prohibited medical marijuana enterprises in unincorporated areas of Ventura County, but allowed that the action may be temporary. The unanimous vote by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors preserves the county's ability to regulate land use for the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries, manufacturing and cultivation. But the board also asked managers to return in eight to 10 weeks with a list of people who could recommend thoughtful regulations in place of outright bans. (Wilson, 1/26)
California County Planners Oppose Phillips 66 Oil-By-Rail Project
County planners want to squash Phillips 66's proposal to transport heavy crude by rail to one of its California refineries, saying it is too risky to public health and the environment. The staff of San Luis Obispo County's planning commission this week recommended that commissioners reject the project because of "significant and unavoidable" impacts from toxic emissions and contaminated water to fires and explosions if trains derail or leak. (Hays, 1/26)