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County Considers Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Tomorrow afternoon the Nevada County Board of Supervisors will discuss and consider issuing a Board Order directing county counsel to develop a medical marijuana cultivation ordinance.   Local agencies are allowed the flexibility to regulate land uses and to address nuisance conditions to protect the health, safety and welfare of their constituents. Since the approval of Proposition 215 Nevada County has experienced an exponential increase in marijuana cultivation both individually and collectively across all areas in the County.  A letter to the board from Sheriff Keith Royal says The rapid expansion of these grows, both legal and illegal and the lack of regulations to address the amount, location and manner in which these grows may be operated has resulted in numerous nuisance complaints from neighboring property owners.  The large volume of marijuana gardens throughout the County has put an enormous strain on the County’s law enforcement and prosecutorial resources.  The Sheriff says other rural counties including Mendocino, Tehama, and Butte Counties have adopted regulations which require registration or permitting of marijuana gardens, limit the number of plants that may be grown and or the square footage of the growing area, establish fencing and setback requirements, establish minimum distance requirements from schools, parks and other youth oriented uses and other restrictions designed to reduce the various nuisance activities associated with marijuana gardens.  The item comes before the board of supervisors at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon.

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