Voters Will Decide Fate of Marijuana Ordinance

Aug 9, 2011 8:35 PM

The fate of Butte County's medical marijuana ordinance will soon be in the hands of voters. The Butte County Board of Supervisors voted today to put the ordinance on the June ballot.
The Butte County Registrar of Voters office certified more than 9,000 signatures last month, from opponents of the ordinance. The board passed the ordinance in May. It allows medical marijuana growers no more than six plants for properties smaller than one and a half acres, as well as no more than 99 plants on lots bigger than 160 acres.
Members from Citizens for Compassionate Use wrote their own list of rules they asked the board to consider today. Board members Maureen Kirk and Steve Lambert wanted to compromise with the group and re-write an ordinance, but a vote was passed three to two to put it to a vote this June.
Moving the ordinance to the ballot this June will run the county around 50,000 dollars. Members from Citizens for Compassionate Use plan on gathering another 9,000 signatures to have their ordinance put on the ballot as well.


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