California cities across the Bay Area and the state are scrambling to impose temporary bans and controls on recreational cannabis ahead of Tuesday’s statewide vote on legalizing adult-use marijuana.
Polls show the state favors legalization. Cities, in response, are taking preemptive moves. San Jose is considering adopting an emergency ordinance to ban the use of non-medical marijuana, a move intended to give local officials time to decide whether and how to regulate adult-use cannabis, according to the Mercury News.
Other cities considering temporary bans and controls include: Palo Alto, Campbell, and Davis and others. Berkeley already has approved a temporary ban on recreational marijuana businesses to give officials time to draw up regulations and a licensing system.
Further south, cities in San Diego County have imposed temporary bans on cultivation and use of adult-use marijuana. Santa Barbara and Solvang have also imposed temporary bans, according to the Mercury News.