Nevada County BOS approve urgency ordinance on Marijuana Cultivation

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on July 29, 2016.

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors (BOS) on Tuesday approved an urgency ordinance restricting the growing of outdoor and commercial medical marijuana in the county despite the defeat on sweeping ban imposed on marijuana cultivation in the county in the June election.

The ordinance was voted in 3-2 vote in the board that would bring a halt of planting of new marijuana grows across the county and restrict commercial grows in residential zones. It allows growing 25 plants but only if the property is 20 acres or more. Residential grows are allowed but only if the house is on at least 2 acres.

However, the ordinances would not affect qualified medical marijuana patients who can legally grow up to six mature and 12 immature plants for personal use.

Meanwhile, the marijuana advocates pointed out that the board’s new plan to ban marijuana growing in residential areas and allow no more than 25 plants on large agricultural properties would deprive legitimate medical marijuana users of relief and do nothing to address concerns about rogue pot farms fouling the environment. They also said the restrictions would make it impossible for most people to grow their needed medicine.

Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Miller stated the ordinance approved Tuesday is temporary, a way to buy additional time for supervisors to draft permanent rules to address concerns of both cultivators and residents unhappy with marijuana proliferation in the county.

The board also voted 5-0 to consider a permanent ordinance in November to regulate medium- and large-scale commercial marijuana cultivation across the county.

The ordinance comes into effect in January after this year's marijuana growing season.


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