The battle to stay open enters into a new year
Eighteen medical marijuana dispensaries have filed an appeal with the Kern County Board of Supervisors, requesting more time before a mandatory closure set by the county takes effect.
If successful, some medical marijuana dispensaries could remain open past the May 24 deadline the county Planning and Natural Resources Department has determined as its deadline.
Although marijuana use remains legal in Kern County, supervisors banned sales of the drug in 2017. A total of 29 dispensaries were allowed to remain open into 2018 so they could recoup costs associated with making their businesses compliant with state and county regulations.
Originally, the dispensaries had been set to close in November 2018, but the planning department pushed back the deadline to give the dispensaries more time to recoup costs.
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