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Exemption for outdoor marijuana grows won’t be formally discussed at Nevada County supervisors meeting

No supervisor or county employee has opted to include a proposed exemption for outdoor marijuana grows on the Board of Supervisors' March 8 agenda, virtually ensuring the board won't change the ballot language of Measure W.

The proposal, submitted to the board by Nevada City attorney Heather Burke, requires sponsorship to be included on the regular board meeting agenda. It failed to get a sponsor at a Monday agenda review meeting and won't become a formal agenda item, barring an 11th hour change before the agenda is finalized March 8, county officials said.

By law, the board must act by March 11 to alter the measure's language on the June 7 ballot.

Burke last week filed the proposal on behalf of Forrest Hurd and his 8-year-old son Silas, who suffers from seizures. Hurd said medicinal marijuana helps treat his son's seizures. He needs 40 to 50 plants to obtain the medicine Silas needs, plants that don't fare well under indoor grow lights.

"I think we have another five or six months," Hurd said of his son's medicine.

Hurd's request for an exemption for people like his son stems from the existing outdoor ban and indoor limitation to 12 plants. Supervisors approved that ban Jan. 12 and also put the issue on the June 7 ballot.

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The existing supervisor-imposed ban would be replaced by a voter-implemented one if the measure passes. Supervisors have said they'd repeal their ban if the measure fails at the ballot box.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.