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Nevada County marijuana citizen’s panel prepares for meeting

Nevada County has released the agenda for the first meeting of its citizen's marijuana panel, a group taking its initial steps toward forming recommendations for a permanent grow ordinance.

Members of the community advisory group — set to meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley — will spend time introducing themselves and reviewing the county's existing cultivation ordinance. They'll also learn how the group will function and discuss their next steps before hearing public comment.

Attendees will get the chance to speak to the panel at 4:30 p.m.

Lee French, one of the advisory board members, said he wants people to understand that everyone must obey the law. That hasn't been the case with some growers under the state's medical marijuana rules.

"What's paramount is the protection of our children, the protection of our environment," said French, a community advocate. "Rights come with responsibilities."

The advisory group is the county's answer to the failure of Measure W, which, if passed, would have prohibited outdoor grows in the county. Its failure sparked an ad hoc committee that developed recommendations for the existing, temporary grow ordinance. The Board of Supervisors then created the advisory group, which over the next several months will craft recommendations for a permanent ordinance.

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