San Diego County supervisors have approved a 45-day moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas.
The board of supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the ban, which takes effect immediately and will give staff time to develop land-use regulations.
Board President Dianne Jacob says the county has been inundated by requests for clear regulations for medical marijuana providers, and the Justice Department has reported increased crime near dispensaries.
Supporters of medical marijuana say the county is dragging its feet in implementing Proposition 215, which was passed by California voters 13 years ago.
Others say they are being denied "safe access" to their medication.