Mar 4, 2015 11:08 AM by News Staff
Tehama County supervisors ended a three hour meeting Tuesday with a vote to pass an urgency ordinance banning outdoor marijuana grows in unincorporated areas.
The board passed an ordinance last year that allowed growers to have up to 12 marijuana plants, but say a change was made because that ordinance was abused by Tehama County growers who were selling their plants for profit rather than using them for medicinal use.
Tuesday's meeting was well attended, with a significant amount of citizens arguing that the county needs to go after large-scale marijuana growers, who operate under cartels.
Board members say over the last few months, they have seen an influx of people from Shasta and Butte Counties coming to buy property to grow marijuana.
Under the new emergency ordinance, which is effective immediately, outdoor marijuana growers now have to move their operations inside. Opponents of the ordinance say transitioning an outdoor grow to an indoor grow is a very expensive process.
There will be several exceptions to the ordinance, those who register by April 1st and are in compliance will get a one year reprieve before they have to move their plants inside.