A move by Supervisor Mike Antonovich to ban medical marijuana dispensaries to unincorporated areas of the county is premature, given that California voters will be asked whether they want to legalize the drug in a few months.
With the November ballot initiative to legalize and tax marijuana sales looming large, many local governments have decided to put off any final decisions. Right now, the verdict could tip either way. In the latest poll from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, 49% of likely voters think marijuana use should be made legal, 48% do not and 3% are undecided.
Given the down-to-the-wire vote, and possible legal challenges to follow, it seems reasonable to put off any changes to local regulations that will have major effects on law enforcement strategies and personal choices until after the people and courts have decided the issue.