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January 9, 2013
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Medical marijuana cultivation ordinance subject of radio show

Nevada County’s medical marijuana cultivation ordinance will be the primary topic on KVMR’s show, “The Cannabis Crusades,” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday.

The show, hosted by Americans for Safe Access — Nevada County Chairwoman Patricia Smith and Gaynell Rogers, media relations and special projects manager for Harborside Health Center, is dedicated to providing dialogue about current marijuana laws.

Attorney Jeff Lake will be on hand for the entire show. Lake successfully negotiated a mutually acceptable cultivation ordinance in neighboring Yuba County between the local Americans for Safe Access chapter, the Growers Association and county officials. The revised ordinance was approved 4-1 by the Yuba County Board of Supervisors after county staff unanimously recommended its approval. Lake will discuss how the lessons learned during five months of negotiations in Yuba County can be used to streamline the process here.

Americans for Safe Access — Nevada County has hired Lake to represent the group in its lawsuit against Nevada County’s ordinance, which replaced state sanctioned plant counts with square-foot limits that dictate how large an area a medical marijuana garden can encompass. Lake has suggested that mediation could be used to resolve the differences between his clients and the county rather than wasting more money in litigation.

Nevada County counsel has taken the matter under advisement and will be holding a closed session with the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Jan. 22 to discuss pending litigation, according to Smith.

“Exactly what they are discussing is secret, but we hope it’s the merits of mediation,” Lake said.

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