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Arvin voters OK cannabis measure, but Bakersfield and Kern voters say ‘no’

Photo: Brett Levin / CC BY 2.0 / MGN / file

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Voters in Bakersfield and Kern County rejected several measures for the regulation of cannabis during Tuesday’s midterm election.

Arvin voters, however, approved a cannabis taxation measure.

County voters had two choices: Measures J and K.

Kern County supervisors previously banned all commercial cannabis activity.

Measure J would’ve allowed and regulated commercial medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, testing, retailing, distribution, and micro-business in the unincorporated areas of Kern County.

That measure failed with more than 61 percent voting “no.”


Measure K would’ve allowed and regulated commercial medicinal and recreational cannabis retailing, testing, cultivation, processing, packaging, and distribution in unincorporated Kern County.

That measure failed with more than 53 percent voting “no.”

The city’s measure – which would have permitted medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, manufacturers, distributors, and delivery operations – failed with a 55 percent “no” vote.

The Bakersfield City Council previously voted to ban marijuana dispensaries.

Arvin voters Tuesday approved a cannabis measure with a 53 percent “yes” vote. The city has said it expects the cannabis tax to generate $150,000 to $300,000 per year to bolster its general fund.

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