Pubdate: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 Source: Record, The (Stockton, CA) Copyright: 2011 The Record Contact: http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=A_OPINION05 Website: http://www.recordnet.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/428 BOARD BANS POT CLINICS IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS STOCKTON - The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed an ordinance banning shop-front medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated San Joaquin County. The board had already voted to prohibit the dispensaries in March, directing staff to draft the ordinance that would change county code. County government oversees unincorporated land on the outskirts outside and pockets inside the county's seven incorporated cities. Different cities have different rules to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, and permitting them in unincorporated places could undermine rules in individual cities, Board Chairman Larry Ruhstaller said. "We felt this was going to be a city-by-city issue," he said. "We're not saying that medical-marijuana dispensaries should not exist. ... We're saying in unincorporated areas of the county, this is not permitted." It ends a process that began in early 2010, when the county passed an emergency ordinance prompted by the appearance of dispensaries in Stockton and inquiries from those interested in opening them in unincorporated county. Despite the ban, there are at least two dispensaries operating in unincorporated county, supervisors said on Tuesday. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.