O.C. supervisors to consider ban on pot dispensaries
The Orange County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal Tuesday to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas.
The supervisors will also consider establishing civil fines of up to $1,000 a day for businesses that sell medical marijuana without a permit, according to a Nov. 17 staff report from the county Public Works Department.
The report noted that most commercial areas where dispensaries would operate are near residential neighborhoods, parks and schools.
At least 11 marijuana dispensaries were operating in unincorporated county areas without permits, the agency said in a September memo to the board. One of the dispensaries had previously applied for a permit, but it was denied.
-- Robert J. Lopez