California looks likely to legalize recreational marijuana in less than a week, and some more conservative California towns are already banning recreational marijuana sales ahead of the vote.

Cities and towns banning recreational marijuana range from San Jose and Blue Lake in the north to National City in the south, according to the Associated Press.

“However, under Proposition 64, which is winning in polls, local governments would not be able to prohibit people 21 and older from having up to six marijuana plants for personal use and possessing up to an ounce of pot,” the AP explains.

Officials in these towns appear to be concerned that the rolling out, if you will, of legalization could be messy and cause them problems. Many seem to desire a slow transition into allowing recreational marijuana, and some don’t want it at all.

“It’s a gateway drug and it’s still illegal under federal law,” Kings County Supervisor Craig Pedersen told the AP. “This is still a very conservative community.”

Many cities in California don’t allow medical marijuana already, which has been legal in California for around 20 years, so it’s not surprising cities and towns are standing against recreational weed. While cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco are very liberal, many of the more rural areas in California are not so liberal.

Some Californians have argued that banning medical or recreational marijuana is counterproductive and hasn’t worked in the past.

“Right now there are a number of illegal medical marijuana dispensaries and delivery services in the city and yet the city is unable to enforce its own ordinance,” Dr. Benson Hausman, executive director of the marijuana shop Elemental Wellness, told The Mercury News. “You can ban something, but if you can’t enforce your ban you make yourself look a little silly.”

Many opponents of prop. 64 have cited that since it allows towns to ban marijuana sales, it should not be supported. However, it seems many towns and cities would strike down any attempt to pass a law that didn’t allow for this. Though most of California is down with weed, we can’t expect the state to be in unanimous agreement.

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