Yesterday in San Bernardino, county supervisors pulled the plug on the controversial Soda Mountain solar project, and said no to marijuana. In a late afternoon 3-to-2 split decision, the board voted not to certify the project planned for 2,000 acres—a stone’s throw from the Mojave National Preserve. The vote followed a public hearing where supervisors heard testimony from local conservation groups and others opposed to the project. Our own third district supervisor James Ramos voted in favor of the project, but was outnumbered by those who felt the solar project would come at too great an environmental cost with little to no benefit to the surrounding area. The Board also voted to ban marijuana, even if the state allows it. Marijuana cultivation and sale will remain illegal in unincorporated areas of the county even if state voters approve recreational marijuana. County staff wrote the updated ordinance so that a possible change in state law would not alter the prohibition on marijuana in unincorporated areas that’s been in force since 2011. If state voters approve it in November, Proposition 64 would legalize recreational marijuana throughout California. But it would also give local governments the right to add their own restrictions or bans. State law does require some limited access. For instance, San Bernardino County will allow qualified patients and holders of medical marijuana identification cards and primary caregivers (for no more than five patients) to cultivate as many as 12 plants per patient, which must be indoors. The ordinance allows no more than 24 plants per residence.