San Diego Board of Supervisors votes to ban all marijuana businesses

SAN DIEGO – After a lengthy meeting Wednesday, the San Diego Board of Supervisors voted to ban all marijuana facilities in the county’s unincorporated areas.

The vote was 3-2.

Lincoln Fish is the co-founder and CEO of Outco, the longest running marijuana dispensary in unincorporated San Diego County.  Fish has already put a lot of money into growing his business.

“We are using half of that building right now and we are planning to expand into the other half to do additional cultivation and extractions so, we can have nice, safe product for our patients,” he said.

The company’s future is now on hold.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to ban all marijuana facilities in unincorporated areas, a decision Fish says will be bad for the community.

“The reality is what they are attempting to do is going to have the exactly opposite effect, if they try to ban new operations, effectively its going to grow the black market, its going to make it easier for kids to get all the things they don’t want to happen,” said Fish.

There are three medical marijuana dispensaries currently open in unincorporated parts of the county and two new operators that have already made significant investments preparing for retail sales. The ban will allow all five to stay open until April 2022 to allow owners to recoup money they have invested before shutting down.

“Regulation creates normalization and marijuana should not be normalized,” said Nancy Logan, prevention specialist for San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth.

Supporters of the ban told county leaders at Wednesday’s meeting that allowing pot-businesses to remain open, event temporarily, is a bad idea.

“When its legalized, when it is allowed, it tells the kids that its okay, its normal to use marijuana and its not. Marijuana is a very dangerous drug,” said Logan.

There will be a second reading on this issue at next Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors Meeting.

The ban is scheduled to go into effect next month.

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