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September 16, 2013
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Supes to address pot ordinance appeals backlog

Acknowledging a backlog of appeals relating to the medical marijuana cultivation ordinance, Nevada County officials are set to appoint two new hearing officers during Tuesday’s special board meeting.

The cultivation ordinance that was passed in May of last year allows for law enforcement to order growers to abate their plants if their garden is deemed to be in violation of the nuisance ordinance.

However, growers are entitled to appeal an abatement notice, and the hearing is presided over by a hearing officer appointed by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

Currently, there are three administrative appeal hearing officers.

During a Tuesday special meeting of the board, County Counsel Alison Barratt-Green is slated to ask the supervisors to appoint county librarian Jessica Hudson and retired police officer Richard Phillips as hearing officers.

“It has been determined that based on the volume of administrative appeals being requested, additional administrative hearing officers are necessary to ensure that the administrative appeals are heard within time limits prescribed under (the ordinance),” the staff report crafted by Barratt-Green states.

The report cites Hudson’s and Phillips’ qualifications as “extensive experience in interpreting public agency regulatory and/or enforcement issues” and the ability to remain impartial and independent.

The board placed the matter on the consent calendar, which is reserved for noncontroversial items.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or 530-477-4239.

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