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Medical marijuana rules tightened by Butte Board of Supervisors

Published On: Jan 28 2014 07:12:15 PM CST
OROVILLE, Calif. -

The Butte County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to strengthen restrictions on medical marijuana cultivation.

The board unanimously decided to amend certain sections regarding size of the grows, and did so in front of a max-capacity chambers crowd in Oroville.

The amendments call to limit grows on properties 10 acres or larger to 150 square-feet. Likewise, the vote tightens restrictions accordingly on smaller acreage.

Smaller gardens less than half an acre were relatively unaffected by the vote.

Numerous speakers took to the podium during public comment. One commenter kept an unofficial tally and said roughly 80 percent of those in attendance were against the amendment.

Board members said it is a discussion likely headed for a November showdown.

"Butte County will be able to weigh in at the ballot box," said District Two Supervisor Larry Wahl. "I certainly applaud that effort. What comes out of that will be the final law."

But it is not at that point yet. Butte County District Three Supervisor Maureen Kirk said it will only go to a vote if the group against it gets enough signatures for a referendum.

"I hope people get engaged. I think the last time people weren't as engaged as they could've been," said Kirk. "But if they win, you know, if they prevail and overturn our ordinance well then we'll have to say that Butte County has spoken."

The board will return to see the measure for final adoption Feb. 11.