Placer supes vote 3-2: “No outdoor medical marijuana grows”

“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.

The rest of the article is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

9 thoughts on “Placer supes vote 3-2: “No outdoor medical marijuana grows””

  1. This is good news for Nevada County’s burgeoning cannabis industry.
    BTW, does anybody know if there are any cannabis friendly Airbnb’s or other types of lodging allowed in our county?
    That might attract vacationers from cannabis restricted communities.
    I remember reading an ad in the Union a few years ago from a city family trying to rent a cabin for a dying loved one who only wanted to see natural beauty in his last days.
    Now that the hospice facility houses a different non-profit, compassionate folks who rent spaces with pretty views might wish to think about “Hospice Care Cabins” and recreate that end of life service to the dying here in the foothills.
    I have assisted at end of life for family and friends over the years and cannabis, especially the edibles, were an especially helpful part of palliative care.
    Just a thought as our county enters a new frontier.

  2. I find it very strange that so-called conservatives who favor fiscal constraint would turn their backs on a $15M revenue stream. I guess it just shows how they are more interested in forcing their morals on the public rather than serving the public. Not unlike the Nevada County BOS.

  3. Joe,

    It could be that the some conservative types are waiting for another leadership to legitimize cannabis, normalize it and show a path to profitability.
    Then they’ll make their move.
    It’s here and happening.
    Give it time to shake down.
    No pun intended.

  4. Rocklin, Roseville, and Lincoln don’t want the evil weed in their gated Del Webb, pink haired ant farms which is fine and understandable. But that they blanket the rural and agricultural districts all the way to the Nevada state border with inner city zoning regulations demonstrates that puritanical moral reign is the real agenda. Same as it ever was with our Nevada County jack boots. Makes a strong case for a SOJ.

    1. Well Jon,

      Nevada County should warmly invite Rocklin, Roseville and Lincoln’s canna-culture, via tourism campaign to come on “Up the Hill”, to relax, enjoy our ambience and balance some of our own region’s trade that ends up down he hill.
      Talk about your farm tours, they’ll be booked out for a year.

  5. If the SoJ wants financial independance, they would embrace legalized MMJ as a tax base. They would be the richest stste in the nation instead of the poorest. It seems like a marriage made in heaven, yet most SoJ’ers are adamantly against the herb?? It would also align with the protection of personal property rights they so rightfully value.

  6. Instead of ripping the great golden state of California apart and making the separate parts look like Kansas, we need to make California great again.
    Her curves are fine just where they are.
    What most objectors fear is a nation of stoners. Me too.
    But I don’t see how a cannabis gummy candy is scarier to women in menopause than entertaining the notion of having themselves injected with the urine of pregnant mares. That’s Premarin.
    In fact here is a list of drugs I find more concerning than herb.

    So let’s get control of something we have never fully understood and make some changes in our medicine.
    The NC Tech Center could be a stellar research facility for study and testing the potential uses of cannabis.
    The terpenes in these plants are beginning to crack codes for addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSS, menopausal symptoms and pre-cancerous conditions as well as many others.
    All this possibility has been right before our eyes, mostly in the hands of people who just smoked anything old thing and never understood the many forms this plant takes and what its inherent properties are all about.
    Now we are beginning to see promising scientific studies about strains, properly developed and administered, and what they can do.
    The rest is just recreational use, for relaxation and good sleep, far less harmful than alcohol, cigarettes and meth.

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