Nov 5, 2014 8:26 PM by Charlene Cheng
Shasta County residents made their voices heard on marijuana cultivation laws, voting to ban all outdoor grows.
"Greed literally overtook practical need for medical marijuana. This has become a land use issue, and folks are scared half to death," said county supervisor Les Baugh.
The Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance earlier this year, but a petition drive landed Measure A on the ballot.
One of the first steps will be for the Board to approve more manpower for both the Resource Management Department and the Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Bosenko says that this ordinance will make enforcement much more clear-cut.
"I think it'll make the land use ordinance easier to enforce with the outdoor ban because everything outdoors will be in violation of the ordinance, and can be enforced at that time," he said.
Among the questions growers have include whether or not they're expected to destroy existing gardens, and when exactly enforcement will start.
According to Sheriff Bosenko, there are still a lot of details to iron out, but he adds that violators will be charged with a misdemeanor.
"Educate yourself specifically to the terms of the ordinance, and be in compliance, and there won't be any problem," he said.
Officials point out that authorized users of medical marijuana can still grow up to 12 plants indoors.
"People were conducting commercial operations under the guise of the Compassionate Use Act, and that would bring some of that into more moderate, or into compliance, with the new ordinance," Sheriff Bosenko said.
On the other side, opponents of the ban are expressing concern at what they feel are major flaws of Measure A.
"This is going to be enforced selectively. It can only be enforced that way. It's such a broad ordinance that allows the Sheriff to do whatever he wants," Rick Arons said.
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