SLO County board may ban marijuana shops, leaving advocates ‘shocked’

In a drastic change from previously proposed commercial marijuana policy, three of five San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted in a straw poll to ban medical and recreational dispensaries and prohibit manufacturing of edible goods in unincorporated areas of the county.

Industry representatives at the hearing said they were “shocked” by the shift and that the board was “totally ignorant” about how the industry works.

The new direction was discussed in the second day of a hearing to hash out rules for commercial cannabis activities in unincorporated parts of the county in preparation for California’s launch of recreational marijuana sales scheduled to begin next year as a result of Proposition 64.

The board did not yet vote to adopt the final ordinance and decided instead to meet again at 9 a.m. Friday, after Supervisor Adam Hill refused to continue the meeting past 5 p.m. in protest of

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