Marijuana farms?…Yes or No. That’s the question San Joaquin County Supervisors must decide Tuesday afternoon.
A temporary marijuana cultivation ban is in effect until the end of the year.
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors expects to have an ordinance in place before then.
Supervisors are holding a special meeting to hear from the county staff, the public, potential growers, and law enforcement on which way to go.
County Counsel Mark Myles has held special outreach meetings to listen to all groups and will present his findings to the board.
Myles says, if the board decides to allow commercial cultivation or allow pot dispensaries, the potential tax revenue could be as high as $20 million annually to the county.
“The worst thing they could do is try to chase the dollars," says Myles. "Tax revenue generation should be a secondary thought. First decide if this is an appropriate commercial business.”
Myles says law enforcement, the chamber of commerce, and the farm bureau are opposing cultivation, but there is a number of potential growers who are in favor.
He says it’s important that the public voice their opinion at the hearing.