Business interests have long tried to pack legislative bodies with members who are sympathetic to their work, but electing marijuana-friendly members to the county Board of Supervisors has never been so important to the cannabis industry.
Recreational marijuana sales begin on New Year’s Day, and the opportunities for cannabis businesses have never been better. But before dispensary owners and farmers can expand their operations in San Diego County, they need the supervisors to repeal a law that almost entirely stops new dispensaries and farms from opening — and also forces ones already in business to eventually shut down.
Clearing a way for medicinal and recreational marijuana businesses to open up in unincorporated parts of the county requires sympathetic candidates to win the two seats that are up for grabs in next year’s election. As a result, the cannabis industry is jumping into the county supervisor races in a bigger way than ever