Bee’s “curtain raiser” on Tuesday’s Supe meeting on marijuana farming

“In a Sierra Nevada foothills region long known for marijuana growing, Nevada County supervisors in January enacted a sweeping ban on outdoor and commercial medical marijuana cultivation. But that only triggered a voter revolt,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

“Now, after residents voted by a 59 to 41 percent margin to reject Measure W, a June 8 initiative to reinforce the cultivation ban, the county’s pot politics are roiling anew.

“Pro-marijuana advocates are expected to pack Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to protest a new plan by supervisors to allow restricted outdoor marijuana farming, mostly on large parcels.

“The proposed interim county ordinance would maintain a ban on indoor and outdoor cannabis growing on all residential properties under 5 acres and impose requirements restricting the location and scale of gardens on larger properties.

“‘It’s awful what they’re doing,’ said Patricia Smith, founder of a Nevada County medical marijuana growers’ collective called Grass Roots Solutions. ‘They’re acting as if they won the election as opposed to losing it. This plan is exactly what they want – not what we want.’

“Under the proposed interim plan, to be replaced later by a permanent ordinance if adopted by supervisors, residents on properties of 20 acres or more can grow 25 outdoor marijuana plants with up to 1,000 square feet of plant canopy. Those with 10- to 20-acre parcels can maintain pot farms of 16 outdoor plants or no more than 800 square feet.

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

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.

2 thoughts on “Bee’s “curtain raiser” on Tuesday’s Supe meeting on marijuana farming”

  1. Well, the Union is reporting another BHO lab explosion in our county.
    Did significant damage but could have been much worse.
    As long as cannabis is a bootleg commercial product, this is what will happen.

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