Shasta County pot grow ordinance headed for November ballot

Sep 30, 2014 7:00 PM by Charlene Cheng

Chants ring out in Shasta County as protesters take over sidewalks, calling out against an ordinance that would ban outdoor medical marijuana grows.

"We are calling ourselves 'The People of Shasta' because we are. There are no weed people, just the people, and we happen to be representing medical cannabis," Christopher Staffin said.

Come this November, voters will have the chance to weigh in on whether or not outdoor gardens will be legal in the unincorporated areas of the county.

"This isn't right, it isn't fair, and we're not going to go anywhere, we're not going to just crawl into a corner and die. Measure A is asinine and it can't grow through," Christina Fox said.

For many of the protesters, this is a deeply personal issue.

Fox says that she depends on medical marijuana to treat extreme pain stemming from a past accident, and a ban would be an infringement on her rights.

"I've always told my kids that if I can't take something and promise you that I'm going to wake up the next morning, I won't take it. If they take my medical cannabis away, I will have to resort to pills because of the pain level that I have," she said.

On the other side of the issue, Cathy Grindstaff says that the ordinance is a compromise for patients, allowing a limited amount of indoor plants to be grown in a secure, detached, building.

"They can still grow their marijuana. They can still grow twelve plants. They can grow all year long, because it will be inside," she said.

But those in support of Measure A say that at the end of the day, this is simply an issue regarding land use.

"We're concerned about our environment. We're concerned about the citizens being able to go out and enjoy Shasta County like it was meant to be, the hiking, the biking, without stumbling across a marijuana grow and people with guns," Grindstaff said.

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted earlier this year to ban outdoor marijuana grows, and now opponents are trying to reverse that decision by taking the issue to voters in November.

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