Jan 28, 2014 7:01 PM
The Butte County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a more restrictive medical marijuana ordinance today.
They did so in front of a packed house, most of whom favored a less restrictive ordinance.
Daniel Haren believes it’s less about politics as much as it’s about knowing that one day pot will be legal.
“What I would like to see is our leaders to position ourselves to benefit from that,” Haren said.” “Just because of circumstances, Butte County could be the center of a huge industry, the same way you think of Napa is the center of wine…”
The biggest change supervisors voted on in the last meeting was limiting grow sizes, effectively limiting plant counts.
Grow operations now range from 50 square feet for parcels up to five acres, and 150 square feet for parcels larger than 10 acres.
District Three Supervisor Maureen Kirk made the original motion to move forward with the more restrictive ordinance.
“I think we've actually landed in a good spot,” Kirk said. “The crowd was different this time than it was last time.”
“I don't want to be the Napa Valley of pot. I'll let the other counties do that,” Kirk said. “We'll just work with what we have…enough medicine for people and make life better for the county.”
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey had concerns over enforcement resources and when that would be figured out. He said there was talk about discussing those positions around budget time, but said that’s too late because grows will have already started.
“If they want to make a credible ordinance and have credibility with citizens and mean what they say, they have to start early; that means starting in March and April,” Ramsey said.
The supervisors will meet again on February 11th.
The Western Plant Science Association will file an initiative and referendum for a less restrictive ordinance after that meeting.