Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
November 23, 2010 For Immediate Release
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Pursuant to a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance to ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in County unincorporated areas.
Supervisor Antonovich had introduced a motion in July of this year directing staff to prepare an ordinance amending the County’s Zoning Code to prohibit Medical Marijuana Dispensaries. The Regional Planning Commission, after considering a draft ordinance and conducting a public hearing, recommended approval of the ban to the Board of Supervisors.
“Attracting crime and other nuisances, these facilities have a negative impact on the communities where they’ve operated -- leading more than 100 cities and 9 counties in California to pass similar ordinances,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “Since many municipalities in Los Angeles County currently have either a ban or moratorium, adjacent unincorporated communities would become the obvious location of choice for dispensary operators -- creating an undue burden for residents in these areas.”
After a second reading before the Board next week, the ordinance will take effect 30 days later.