The Bakersfield City Council approved an ordinance that will ban all commercial cannabis activity in town.
In its Oct. 11 meeting, the council voted 5-1 in favor of the ordinance. Councilman Willie Rivera voted against the ban while Councilman Chris Parlier was absent for the vote.
While the city had previously implemented a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, this new ordinance bans any type of business associated with marijuana to operate in the city.
The goal of the proposed ban is to prevent the state from issuing permits to companies outside of medical marijuana dispensaries after Jan. 1, when provisions of Proposition 64 take effect.
Due to the proposition, Bakersfield residents are still allowed to smoke marijuana in the city as well as grow a limited amount of cannabis.