Fresno supervisors close loophole on pot ban

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Updated: 2/05/2014 2:30 pm

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Fresno County supervisors have closed a potential loophole that could have allowed medical marijuana farming in some areas despite the recent ban on growing cannabis.

The Fresno Bee reports the board's action Tuesday eliminated a provision in county codes that allowed marijuana cultivation in manufacturing zones.

Last month Fresno became California's first county to ban all pot cultivation. Supervisors called the prohibition a public safety issue, citing 20 incidents of violent crime linked to marijuana farming operations in 2013.

Medical marijuana advocates said Tuesday they are gathering signatures for a referendum to overturn the county ban and are considering legal action.

Cannabis activists say Fresno County's ban violates California's medical marijuana laws.

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