A plan that could have led to the opening of marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated parts of Sacramento County is dead. While three of the five Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the plan that could have seen dispensaries opening, four affirmative votes were needed during the Tuesday board session. The plan involved putting on the ballot in November an authorization that would allow marijuana businesses to be taxed. Then, if voters on Nov. 8 agreed to the taxes, the supervisors were expected to hold a second vote to potentially approve a regulatory framework to allow the legal sale of cannabis.
The two dissenting supervisors, Chairman Don Nottoli and Sue Frost, expressed concern that the tax referendum would be voted on by all residents of Sacramento County, including those living in the city of Sacramento, where dispensaries are already legal.