Calaveras Passes Commercial Marijuana Ban

Calaveras Passes Commercial Marijuana Ban

While Calaveras County officials are alerting registered growers and the public as to the ramifications of the commercial marijuana ban passed after a day-long meeting Wednesday, 3 more meetings have been planned to potentially prepare a twin-set of board-sponsored initiatives aimed at reassigning the decision to the voters. According to County CAO Tim Lutz after further discussion, County staff is developing two competing measures for the June ballot. Lutz speculates that a board-sponsored ban measure would probably be similar or even identical to the ordinance approved Wednesday. The other, being a regulatory ordinance, would cover a scope that he says is still to be determined. At any rate, as of today the supervisors have three opportunities to further discuss the potential twin-measures as a special meeting is now slated for January 16th and two more regular meetings are scheduled Jan. 17 and 23. Lutz says as it stands now, the new ordinance passed on Wednesday limits the cultivation of cannabis for commercial and medical use to the limits imposed by California State Law. The temporary permits issued under Calaveras County’s urgency regulatory ordinance will now automatically terminate within 90 days of the effective date of the ordinance. Growers who were previously allowed to cultivate under the urgency ordinance must restore their site(s) to the former state within 24 months. This includes ensuring permits were completed and filed for any grading or water diversion activities that were conducted. 

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