Group hands in med marijuana referendum signatures today

Mar 12, 2014 7:33 PM

The group known as Butte citizens against Irresponsible Government submitted more than 12,000 signatures to the clerk of the board today. That’s far more than is necessary to force a referendum on the county's medical marijuana ordinance.

The signatures they've collected in public places across the county are for the purpose of putting forth a measure that mirrors the county's medical marijuana ordinance that existed in December of last year.

The Butte County Board of Supervisors made it stricter in February by limiting grows based on parcel sizes.

The signatures will be passed on to the county's elections office for verification, and if they check out, the county's current ordinance goes into suspension.

“It’s a very difficult process, it really is,” Merkel said. “But we reached the people and were very satisfied with what the outcome is going to be. We're ready to get off and deliver the package.”

“If they prevail then it would take a vote of the citizens to change whatever they managed to get into effect,” said County Supervisor Larry Wahl said. “I don't see that happening. I think the people of Butte County will prevail and not wish to have unbridled pot growing all throughout the county.”

Action News Now also spoke with Helen Harberts today, a member of B-Sane, the group fighting against Butte Citizens to protect the county's newly adopted ordinance.

She said they'll continue to address their proposed initiative as it is "insane" and suspects it's also unconstitutional.


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