The latest round of weed wars played out in front of the Board of Supervisors on Monday. Representatives from eight medical marijuana shops asked members of the board to grant extensions to stay open past the May 24, 2019 deadline.
Each of the eight extension requests submitted before the board today were denied. Of the eight shops that requested an appeal today, three withdrew, two were allowed to remain open until May 24th, and three were ordered to close in 10 days.
District 5 Supervisor Leticia Perez was absent during the vote. She disqualified herself from voting on marijuana-related issues because of a possible conflict of interest.
Attorney Philip W. Ganong represented some of the shops requesting an extension. He expressed his disappointment in today’s decision and made his case for legalizing medicinal marijuana.
“If you look at the science and you look at the empirical evidence and you make decisions based that way, don’t give up hope there’s a way to regulate it, there’s a way to make revenue,” he said, urging the supervisors to “be leaders at the head of the issue to make it safe for your constituents in this community and to set a really good example for the youth in this county.
No additional opportunities will be made available for medical marijuana shops to request extensions, according to members of the board.
A ballot measure that would legalize medicinal marijuana in the county put on by David Abbasi’s Central Valley Cannabis Association has qualified for next year’s primary election on March 3, 2020.
Today marks 351 days until the primary election.