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County proposes more restrictive medical marijuana ordinance

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:22:56 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 07 2013 10:50:57 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

The Shasta County planning department has revised a medical marijuana ordinance that will mean big changes for growers.

Under the proposed changes in the ordinance, outdoor grows would be illegal in Shasta County, and indoor grows would be limited to 12 plants in a detached structure with an air filtration system.

Growing marijuana for others than yourself, would be banned as well.

County planning director Rick Simon says banning outdoor grows would solve a number of issues.

“By eliminating or prohibiting outdoor cultivation altogether, a lot of the environmental impacts will be addressed.”

By environmental impacts, he means this: illegal draining of water from nearby creeks or other sources, unregulated grading causing erosion, and the use of pesticides or other poisons harmful to wildlife and people.

Those are just a few problems.

Simon also said the county has received many complaints about the smell of marijuana, and said that many people fear for their safety.

The draft ordinance will go before the planning commission Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in the board chambers.

That draft of the ordinance should reach the board of supervisors in December.