Calaveras Keeps Urgency Ordinance In Place

Calaveras Keeps Urgency Ordinance In Place

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors extended an urgency ordinance Tuesday that will allow hundreds of commercial and other marijuana farmers to continue legal operation.  Clyde Clapp was the lone dissenting vote.  Tuesday’s vote extended the ordinance until it expires by law or is replaced by a permanent ordinance.  Plans to install a permanent ordinance are in the works.  The board last month directed county staff to craft a ban document that could return for vote of the Board by the end of March and take effect within 30 days after that vote.  Additionally, Measure B, a proposal to ban marijuana cultivation in the county altogether, is slated for county-wide vote May 2.  Tuesday’s vote extends the ordinance that many, including Sheriff Rick DiBasilio, say is not a good document, but would do more harm than good if allowed to expire. To date the Calaveras Sheriff’s Department has received $723,880 of the nearly $1.4 million in fees paid so far for permits issued to marijuana growers.  The department has the money earmarked for marijuana-related purposes.   A majority of public speakers Tuesday expressed sentiment in favor of extension of the urgency ordinance.  Many urged the Supervisors to take their time crafting a permanent ordinance, and others questioned whether money would be available federally to support an outright commercial cultivation ban.

 

Written by Joey Guidi

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