Calaveras Sups Discuss Whether To Submit Proposed Marijuana Ordinances To Voters

Calaveras Sups Discuss Whether To Submit Proposed Marijuana Ordinances To Voters

Tomorrow, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors are set to discuss, whether to submit proposed ordinances to voters in the June 5 election that would give voters the opportunity to choose whether to ban or regulate commercial marijuana cultivation in the county. In addition to the proposed ban, the board will discuss the document the Calaveras Planning Commission recommended to supervisors in November. That plan would allow farming on parcels 5 acres or larger if they are within Agriculture 1, Agriculture Preserve or General Forestry Zones. The requirement would jump to a minimum of 20 acres if a parcel is near a residential, residential agriculture or unclassified zone and 50 acres if a proposed grow is close to a community plan area. Those currently farming in outlying areas would be given a year to relocate and remediate, per the discussed recommendations. During that time, they will be able to keep 10 percent of their registered canopy space in non-flowering plants so that they could preserve growing stock. Ultimately, though, the supervisors have the power to make any adjustments they deem fit to the draft created last year. In order to qualify for the California primary election on June 5, supervisors would have to finalize the language of the competing ordinances and submit them to county elections officials by Feb. 20. 

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