The Nevada County Board of Supervisors voted to approve two versions of a Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance on a 4 to 1 vote yesterday and the crowd of over 200 people in the audience immediately erupted into shouts of disapproval.
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Deputies came into the Supervisors Chambers to restore order, and the crowd moved outside to the front steps of the Rood Center where the discussion centered on legal action against the new ordinance that as an urgency ordinance will take effect immediately. The Board voted to approve the ordinance as an Urgency Ordinance which takes effect immediately, and as a regular ordinance which was introduced and had it’s first reading yesterday, and will be subject to additional public hearings.
Supervisor Terry Lamphier was the lone no vote on both versions of the ordinance, saying he was not against an ordinance but felt the board should allow more time to make changes. During public comment Song Cowbell who is a medicinal marijuana grower urged the board not to make criminals of medical marijuana growers.
click to hear Ms. Cowbell
Supervisor Hank Weston said he was drifting one way then the other on the ordinance as public comment continued. He requested some modification to the ordinance before he would agree to vote on it. Weston wanted to see an increase to the square footage of indoor and outdoor cultivation areas and expanded fencing materials that could be used. Supervisor Nate Beason said he has been getting two messages from the community. Some that say the ordinance goes too far, and others who say it doesn’t go far enough.
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The ordinance that was crafted by county counsel at the direction of Sheriff Keith Royal calls for a limit to the size of gardens rather than a set number of plants,
click to hear Sheriff Royal
The Marijuana Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance as adopted lifts a requirement that growers register with the county but keeps a requirement that renters get a notarized approval from their landlords before growing in or on the rental property. The Ordinance is an addition to the Nevada County General code and violations will be treated as a code violation and not as a criminal charge. The Sheriff stated the ordinance was needed to abate nuisance grows in neighborhoods.