Riverside voters reject medical pot dispensaries

The effort to bring medical marijuana dispensaries to Riverside hit a major roadblock this week as voters apparently rejected a measure that would have allowed up to 10 of the facilities to open in the city’s commercial and industrial zones.

Measure A was losing by a wide margin, according to early ballot counts in the all-by-mail election.

Election results will update Friday

Supporters said low voter interest and ballot language some people found confusing were factors that hurt their chances.

“I think one of the biggest things against us was it was an odd-year June election,” which probably drew mostly older, more conservative voters, Jared McCreary, 28, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise. McCreary was was one of a half-dozen volunteers who spent the afternoon calling people to remind them to vote.

The local measure comes as state policy makers contemplate medical marijuana regulations, and initiative drafters make plans for a proposal that would legalize recreational use in 2016.