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Shasta County bans outdoor marijuana grows

By Vienna Montague, Producer
Published On: Jan 28 2014 09:09:51 PM CST
Medical Marijuana Ban

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko stands in front of ten pounds of marijuana, demonstrating the issues their department deals with.

REDDING, Calif. -

Two Northstate counties have made major changes to marijuana laws.

You can no longer legally grow marijuana outdoors in Shasta County.

At least in thirty days.

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors made the decision during a meeting Tuesday.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko made a presentation on his department’s challenges, standing in front of ten pounds of stacked marijuana for effect.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban all outdoor marijuana growing, and limit indoor growing to 12 plants per parcel.

The size of the parcel is irrelevant.

The Board has received an implied threat earlier, so their chambers were filled with a significant amount of law enforcement.

The meeting concluded with more than four hours of public comment.

Redding attorney and medical marijuana advocate Michael Scheibli criticized the decision.

He said, “What you put on as evidence to support your ban, is not evidence, it’s nothing.”

Supporters of the ban had their turn as well.

“This is all about money,” said Shasta County resident Peter Scales, “I only need two plants per person. Grandma Annie only needs two plants.”

The new marijuana ordinance goes into effect in 30 days for unincorporated areas of Shasta County.

It does not include the cities of Redding or Anderson.