Topic: Shasta Co BOS 12.13 dispensary ban, cultivation restrictions
As previously reported here, Shasta County's Planning Commission has forwarded two ordinances to the Board of Supervisors, who will vote on them December 13th.
We *must* organize to show our opposition to these moves.
I hope some of you ASA folks (Courtney?) can give us a little assistance like you've done with the upcoming Sacto BOS meeting. Many people here have the feeling that the BOS will not hear them, but it is important that we make the media hear us, organize ourselves, and identify particularly weak points in the ordinances that will allow us, if not to convince the BOS that these are unfair and precipitous moves, at least to be out in front of litigation that may result.
There is a newly formed group, Nor Cal Safe Access, which I hope you'll join:
http://norcalsafeaccess.org/ (it's also on Facebook)
If there is some ASA lawyer sitting around with lots of time on her hands, I hope she'll take a look at the ordinances.
So far I have paid more attention to the cultivation ordinance. It purports to use the DEA's 1992 yields study in developing what it considers reasonable cultivation limits, but it doesn't show the math, and seems to use that study in unreconstructed fashion, ignoring Chris Conrad's discussion of its inapplicability to medical cannabis cultivation.
Patients will be allowed between 60 and 360 square feet under this ordinance, depending on parcel size. The upper end of this is hardly adequate for one patient growing six plants on 10-foot centers, much less multiple patients cultivating collectively.
Moreover, this applies not just to the garden (and not just canopy, but the entire fenced area), but also to any areas where cannabis is planted, processed, or otherwise manipulated: that's your mother room, your clones, your trimming, drying, storage.
Oh, and if you want to grow indoor, you have to build a separate outbuilding to code. (No word on whether it will now be prohibited in Shasta County to use indoor grow equipment in your home for other crops, as these are not mentioned in the ordinance. Discriminate much?)
Among other provisions:
caregivers can have only 2 patients per, and are not given additional area for cultivation
grows are only allowed at a person's primary residence
owning multiple parcels does not buy you more "total Cultivation area," even if you're renting to other people. (So a landlord who grows at his home will not be able to allow his renters to cultivate under this ordinance.)
Please read the ordinances, network, and get involved. This BOS action is likely to be just the beginning of the journey, and the better we get organized now, the better off we'll be.
ASA folks, please help! Shasta County cannabis patients, please join us!