The Most Marijuana Unfriendly Place In California

When most Americans think of California, the southern San Joaquin Valley—flat and dusty, full of industrial agriculture and conservative values, where the only fruits and nuts grow on trees and are shipped to China—is probably not what springs to mind. The five counties immediately north of Los Angeles do their own thing and don’t much care what the freaks along the coast think about it. For the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, that includes declaring marijuana a public health hazard, and taking emergency measures to ensure their tidy little corner of California remains free of legal cannabis. Fresno County has long been off-limits to medical-marijuana cultivation operations and dispensaries. To find either will require a long drive south to L.A., or a longer drive north to somewhere close to Sacramento. And Prop. 64—which legalized up to an ounce of marijuana for adults over 21, and allows for the opening of retail recreational cannabis sales in the state—won’t change any of...



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