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Measure S Supporters Present at Nevada City Forum

Forums for and against Measure S, which revises the current Nevada County Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance, were held Tuesday night. The opponents for the measure met at the Rood Center and the supporters met at the Nevada Theater.
Three panelists at the Nevada Theater included Dr. Sean Devlin, ASA-NC Chairperson Patricia Smith, and Attorney Stephen Munkelt.
From a legal aspect, Munkelt says medical marijuana cultivation is a land use issue not a criminal issue.

Click here to listen to Attorney Stephen Munkelt

Munkelt clarifies that growing outside of medicinal use is a legal issue- but the focus of Measure S is on medicinal growing.

Click here to listen to Attorney Stephen Munkelt

Dr. Devlin says that because the use of medicinal marijuana is varies substantially from patient to patient the amount needed for each patient also varies. Patients typically use lower doses as sleep aids or to treat anxiety, but large amounts consumed for late stage cancer patients.

Click here to listen to Dr. Sean Devlin

The Forum lasted for approximately 90 minutes with the panelists first fielding questions from the facilitator and then from the audience.

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One issue that proponents of Measure S focused on at a forum Tuesday night was the difference between legally growing medicinal marijuana and growing commercially. Americans for Safe Access Nevada County Chairperson Patricia Smith states that Measure S is all about growing medical marijuana. She believes Measure S will allow law enforcement to focus on illegal growers.

Click here to listen to Patricia Smith

A question from the audience was about the enforcement of the current ordinance and what constitutes a complaint. Attorney Stephen Munkelt says the current ordinance is definition driven not complaint driven.

Click here to listen to Attorney Stephen Munkelt

According to Patricia Smith, Measure S does not address enforcement because it is about moving growers to compliance, not about punishment.
Supporters of Measure S say the biggest difference between the the proposed ordinance and the existing ordinance is number of plants versus size of the garden. The current ordinance limits the square footage of a garden which growers say does not allow for healthy plant growth.

At a separate forum at the Rood Center, a panel opposing Measure S presented information against modifying the existing ordinance.

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