Bakersfield CA Bans Medical Marijuana Collectives

 by lucy

On Tuesday, the Bakersfield, Ca. city council voted to ban all medical marijuana collectives in the city starting in August.  The city already had a resolution in place to ban marijuana dispensaries, but the new ordinance gives the city more legal power to force closures.

City Attorney Ginny Gennaro explained, “This ordinance gives us some additional teeth should we decide to move forward and actually have to use the court power to close a medical marijuana dispensary.”

According to Gennaro, a task force will be formed in the next 30 days and closures could start at the beginning of August.  She stated, “We’ll get together.  We’ll discuss how many medical marijuana dispensaries are here in the city of Bakersfield.  We’ll discuss how many have received complaints, calls for services, etc.  Then, really as a group how we move forward, what process are we going to undertake to give us a very good case to proceed with at court.”

Medical marijuana advocates are disappointed, feeling that the city council’s decision does not represent the will of the majority population of Bakersfield. Activist Nathan Acuna explained, “We really believe that 65 percent of the people in Bakersfield support the legal use of marijuana.”  Despite that, so far no advocates are planning to challenge the ban … but that’s not saying they don’t want to.

“We don’t have that kind of money,” Acuna explained.  It would cost us between $50,000 and $60,000 to that kind of initiative here in Bakersfield.  We’re assessing our situations right now to see what next direction we’re going to go into.”

The Bakersfield dispensary ban means that there will only be one collective in all of Kern County serving patients in need of medical marijuana.



8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    Lukaroast said on Jun 28, 2013

    Fuck you bakersfield. (and any other CA city denying safe access to meds.)

  2. 1

    559airandtrees said on Jun 29, 2013

    our politicians are jokes even some majors sons sell cocaine in the central valley, our politicians are just hypocrites who only care about themselves and their familes unless its election time then its time to play pretend and for the real and honest ones keep up the good work

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    420superdude said on Jun 29, 2013

    so could't these collectives operate outside of city limits and still remain in kern county ?

  4. 1

    JGwntworth said on Jun 30, 2013

    They should be more worried about gang violence and meth in Bakersfield

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    GGLynzee said on Jul 2, 2013

    Good job at giving local drug dealers the business idiots. Nobody what's to live in that TRASHY city anyway. This is getting ridiculous

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