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Board of Supervisors discusses proliferation of medical marijuana

By Mike Mangas
Published On: Sep 17 2013 08:38:17 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Shasta County supervisors spent Tuesday morning and afternoon listening to the differing viewpoints on the proliferation of medical marijuana in unincorporated areas.

The county has received a lot of complaints about growers not being in compliance with the existing ordinance -- more than 300 this year -- as opposed to about 200 last year.

The complaints range from things like grows being too big and for profit, to environmental damage or fear for personal safety.

No action was taken today other than the board agreeing unanimously that the existing ordinance needs a second look.

Supervisors got an earful from both people who think marijuana growing is out of control and people who think the county is coming down too hard on their right to grow cannabis under Proposition 215.

About 40 people spoke over two and a half hours.

After all of the public comments and discussion, the board agreed to send the medical marijuana ordinance to the resource management department and eventually to the planning commission for review and recommendations. Then, it will come back to the board for action.

Among the staff recommendations to consider for amending the zoning plan as it pertains to medical marijuana cultivation are: prohibiting cultivation in all or some areas of the unincorporated county, limiting cultivation to within fully enclosed, detached structures, limiting the number of plants and making violations misdemeanors. The board would also like to explore some type of permitting system.