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Voters may get options to allow, regulate marijuana in Kern County

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Voters may get a chance to make medical marijuana legal in Kern County, after county supervisors banned it last year.

Three marijuana initiatives are close to being on the November ballot. Right now, those initiatives are circulating the community for signatures.

The Jarvis-Epps initiative would allow marijuana to be grown, manufactured and tested in Kern County. Also, unlimited medical marijuana dispensaries could open in the country, but there would be some restrictions.

"We want to make sure the shops are not in neighborhoods, that if they are growing they are in the right zone district for it," said Heather Epps.

The Eilenburg-Godinez initiative would allow everything in Jarvis-Epps initiative, plus recreational sales. It would regulate all commercial cannabis activity.

"Our initiative is more encompassing," said Gabriel Godinez. "It offers more discretion. I think it's fair across the board and allows the county to generate income."

The Central Valley Cannabis Association's initiative only legalizes medical dispensaries and allows some currently standing shops to say open so long as they aren't too close to schools.

"Local economy and for the local patients use," said David Abassi. "It's not large scale or something they would export to other places."

If any initiative makes the ballot and passes, the county will not be able to issue a new ban. If all three pass, it's unknown how the county would balance the difference of each one.

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