The Cannabis Research Committee is threatening a referendum if the Tehama County Board of Supervisors does not reconsider its strict rules on the county marijuana regulations.
On Tuesday, members of the committee came together to urge the board to accept the committee's proposed zoning-based cannabis ordinance, which would regulate personal and commercial cannabis cultivation, distribution, sales, manufacturing, and testing in a manner consistent with state law.
“This re-zone application is our last attempt at inviting them to the table and having a public process that would go through the planning commission and have public meetings,” said committee spokesperson Jason Browne.
Right now, Tehama County has commercial and outdoor bans on cannabis, which proponents say doesn’t make sense, since it could get lots of tax money through legalization.
Matthew Meyer is an anthropologist and studies drug use and drug policy. He said the area around Tehama County is the perfect climate for outdoor cultivation, and a quick google search reveals that Redding is the 2nd sunniest city in the country, with the sun shining on average 88% of the time during the day.
“Indoor growing is environmentally destructive. It takes the energy of 29 refrigerators to grow 4 cannabis plants indoors. 80% of that cost is the lighting,” he said.
Kenn Rieders is a medical marijuana patient. He has degenerative eye disease, and says out of all of the things he tried, marijuana is the only thing that actually takes his pain away.
I just happened to be in Washington, the state of Washington, where it's legal for adult use, and I bought myself some. And guess what, one puff made my pain go away. What a miracle,” he recalled.
The group filed a rezone on December 1st to amend the provisions, and the board has 30 days to adopt, adapt, or reject the proposal.
If the board rejects it, the group will move forward with either a referendum challenging the rejection of the ordinance or a ballot initiative, hoping to let the people vote on it in June.