In July 2010, Fresno County supervisors passed an urgency ordinance prohibiting medical cannabis dispensaries. In August of that same year, that 45-day prohibition was extended until July 13, 2012. A final set of medical cannabis regulations, banning dispensaries and limiting cultivation to specified industrial zones with stringent conditions, was finalized in August 2011.
In September 2010, following a pair of high-profile shootings connected to medical marijuana gardens, Fresno County supervisors passed a ban on the outdoor cultivation of medical cannabis. An addendum states the ban was enacted “pending the development of standards and regulations relating to cultivation.”
Four Fresno-area dispensaries and a local Prop. 215 patient filed suit in October 2010 against Fresno County, Sheriff Margaret Mims and Alan Weaver, director of public works. A Fresno County Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of the ban, and continued the stay until Nov. 30, 2010, to allow growers to harvest their crops. Despite the TRO, supervisors voted to extend the cultivation ban until July 2011, when the county released a set of draft regulations that would, among other things, prohibit the operation of storefront dispensaries and permit indoor cultivation only within certain manufacturing zones. Those rules were finalized in August 2011, and supervisors rejected a proposed loosening of the ordinance in mid-November.
Medical cannabis dispensary moratorium (7-13-2010)
Staff report on dispensary moratorium extension (8-24-2010)
Moratorium extension (8-24-2010)
Outdoor cultivation ban (9-14-2010)
Cultivation ban addendum (9-14-2010)
Cultivation ban extension (10-26-10)
Cultivation ban extension staff report (10-26-10)
Draft medical cannabis regulations (July 2011)
Changes to cultivation ordinance proposed by a working group of local medical cannabis patient-providers, county staff, law enforcement and members of the general public were rejected by the Board of Supervisors in November. Staff report.