“Given a range of options on medical cannabis, PlacerCounty supervisors decided Tuesday to ban outdoor grows and not make moves to regulate or tax the medpot industry,” the Auburn Journal is reporting
“The vote was in favor of the most conservative option provided by county staff. On the other end of the spectrum, supervisors could have voted to allow and tax any growing, manufacturing and selling of medical marijuana products – a move that was estimated to have a potential annual revenue stream of up to $15 million for county coffers.
“Supervisors Robert Weygandt, Jim Holmes and Kirk Uhler voted to allow indoor personal medpot grows but not to legally legitimize outdoor cultivation inPlacer County. Supervisors Jack Duran and Jennifer Montgomery voted against the motion.
“The decision followed intense lobbying from medical marijuana patients and industry spokespeople as well as a solid wall of resistance to regulation and taxing from law enforcement and city officials.
“Duran, representing Roseville, found no support among supervisors for an option that would have allowed a pilot program limiting the number of licensed growers to 30 in the county but no dispensary openings. Duran said regulation would provide public protection and patient access.
“During public comment, representatives from Rocklin, Roseville and Lincoln city councils all voiced concern over the county establishing rules that would be in direct opposition to their bans on outdoor grows.
“That stance was not lost of Holmes, who said he was more concerned about the cities.
“If we put it to a vote of the people, a majority would vote for (the no outdoor grow) alternative,” Holmes said. “That’s where I’m at. I’d rather have a more conservative approach as we move forward.”
“Under the alternative chosen by supervisors, indoor medical marijuana grows of up to six plants or in an are a up to 50 square feet would be allowed. All other cannabis cultivation would be considered a public nuisance and subject to shutdown.
“Weygandt said he wasn’t comfortable moving into regulating commercial production and distribution until the county could see how other jurisdictions fared. Montgomery, along with Duran, attempted to convince supervisors to allow limited outdoor grows to help ease the burden of medpot patients who couldn’t afford the indoor growing equipment.
“But Uhler, who made the motion to ban outdoor grows, stood firm.
“’My personal preference is for an outright ban,’ Uhler said.
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