County staff is drawing up a report on a third initiative to allow marijuana sales in Kern County. It’s backed by Central Valley Citizens for Responsible Government, and spokesman David Abbasi told Supervisors Tuesday it counters the commercial forces behind Measures J and K on the November 6th ballot. “This measure has limits. It reduces crime or…public nuisance, and it protects safe access for veterans and patients.” The Board did not have time to order a report on Measures J and K before the elections deadline, and County Clerk Mary Bedart says the Medicinal Cannabis petition got enough signatures to qualify for a future ballot. County Counsel Mark Nations says the Board also has the option of immediately adopting the proposed change to the ordinance that bans all marijuana sales in Kern County.

Suzanne Grant