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Felix Adamo / The Californian

Sheriff Donny Youngblood watches as the Board of Supervisors votes on the medical marijuana issue.

Kern County supervisors tonight unanimously banned store-front medical marijuana collectives in unincorporated areas of the county.

Pot workers, patients, caregivers and their attorneys in the chambers erupted angrily and vowed to immediately launch a referendum to reverse the decision and sue the county to block the ban from taking effect in 30 days.

The biggest immediate impact of the supervisors' actions could be to the large number of marijuana grows that instantly became illegal after supervisors passed an emergency ordinance limiting the number of plants that could be grown on any parcel to 12 or fewer.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood pledged immeditate enforcement.

"If I had a marijuana grow right now, I'd be cutting back to 12 plants," Youngblood said. "And I mean tonight."

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