Topic: Mendo County pot permits not suspended
Mendo County pot permits not suspended
Despite confusion, county's pot ordinance still in place
The Ukiah Daily Journal
Posted: 01/11/2012 09:18:44 AM PST
Contrary to rumors, permits for zip ties and cooperatives for growing medical marijuana in Mendocino County have not been suspended.
”(The program) has not been suspended,” Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said Tuesday, adding “but there's no movement on it in January and February anyway.”
Rumors are flying around the North Coast that the ground-breaking cultivation permits pioneered by Allman have been called off due to fears that a recent court case may force the county to refund hundreds of thousands in permit fees.
Mendocino County Counsel Jeanine Nadel said that she will have a recommendation on what to do for the board of supervisors, possibly by the end of the week. She had already told county officials internally a suspension may be necessary. That preliminary opinion may have fueled the suspension rumors.
No decision has been made, and according to Allman, it can only be made by the supervisors themselves.
Normally, the medical marijuana cultivation permit applications start to come in March and April as the growing season gets underway. Allman said he has no applications pending and that the 2012 applications aren't even ready yet.
Mendocino County has an innovative medical marijuana cultivation program which sells zip ties to individuals cultivating medical marijuana to identify legal p...
The county also has an ordinance allowing cooperatives to grow up to 99 plants under a set of county rules. All those activities come with fees which have helped fund the sheriff's department.
A recent state appellate court decision nullified a similar cultivation program in Long Beach, saying the county had overstepped its legal bounds since marijuana growing in any form is still illegal under federal law. The rest of California is waiting to see if that case is confirmed as precedent-setting by the state Supreme Court.
Medical marijuana advocates have asked the high court to review the case, citing what they see as the appellate court's influence in forcing unnecessary actions by fearful counties to cancel or suspend medical marijuana programs.