Tehama County residents challenge pot laws

A group of Tehama County residents hoping to change the county's marijuana laws saying they are too restrictive.

Posted: Dec 2, 2017 11:36 AM

A group of Tehama County residents hoping to change the county's marijuana laws saying they are too restrictive.

The Cannabis Research Committee who turned in a proposal to the Tehama County Planning Commission on Friday in hopes of having it officially addressed by the board of supervisors.

The current Tehama County ordinance bans all outdoor growing of marijuana.

And it can only be grown indoors in a separate structure from the home.

With very specific requirements, which the group says are unreasonable and unfair to the poor, many of whom choose cannabis as a more affordable, alternative form of medication.

“It's essentially a de facto ban. And what I mean by that is that it is physically and financially impossible for any patient in Tehama County to grow their own cannabis,” said Jason Browne, a Tehama County resident.

The CRC submitted a re-zoning application to the county on Friday.

Browne says it will push the proposal into a public process through the planning commission.

Which he hopes will consider it as a replacement to all previous ordinances.

Chief Administrator Bill Goodwin says the board has listened to the group's input and has discussed forming a coordination committee to talk about the future direction of marijuana in the county.

The group plans to address the board of supervisors again at Tuesday’s meeting which begins at 10 a.m.

They invite anyone who would like to join them to attend.

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