Santa Barbara County Supervisors have decided to pursue a permanent ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.
The County’s Planning Commission, as well as the Montecito Planning Commission had been looking at the issue, and recommended a series of restrictions to allow dispensaries if they’re located away from schools, parks, and residential areas.
That effort had intended to limit the locations of the shops, while providing access to medical marijuana, which is legal according to state law.
A moratorium now in effect on the storefront shops is set to expire in December, but supervisors now want to make a total ban county policy.
They’ve sent the issue back to the planning commissions for further review, before coming back to the board for a final decision.