San Benito County supervisors approved the new cannabis ordinance that will allow such activities as manufacturing and cultivation in rural areas but will ban dispensaries.
Supervisors unanimously approved the cannabis ordinance along with a separate measure allowing the sheriff’s office to do background checks on employees.
The new ordinance will now take the place a law that supervisors approved in December 2017 before local voters last June OK’d a series of cannabis-related taxes. It establishes a range of regulations for permitted manufacturing, distribution, cultivation, lab testing and micro businesses.
The separate resolution approved Tuesday will allow the sheriff’s office to access state and federal criminal information on cannabis business operators and employees.