Assemblyman to guest on Cannabis Crusades |

Assemblyman to guest on Cannabis Crusades

The Cannabis Crusades returns to the airwaves on KVMR (89.5 FM) from noon to 2 p.m. Friday. The program’s hosts, Patricia Smith and Brian Bahouth, were awarded Best Public Affairs programming during KVMR’s holiday party in December. It is the second time in three years the program has been chosen for this honor by fellow broadcasters.

One of this week’s guests is State Assemblyman Jim Woods, who authored AB243, the environmental standards portion included in the new state medical marijuana laws that are referred to as MMRSA (Medical Marijuana Regulation & Safety Act).

One of the most controversial provisions included in MMRSA was a March 1 deadline that stated each municipality must pass legislation to permit or ban marijuana cultivation or cede authority to the state. Bans have spread like wildfire across California (including Nevada County) as a result of the video tutorial sent out by the California League of Cities informing local jurisdictions that they needed to pass a ban before the deadline without offering any alternative choices. Woods sponsored AB21 to repeal the deadline.

Other guests include local CPA David Franco, who will offer other choices available to our county under the new laws that allow for-profit businesses for the first time in this state. Finally, Wade Laughter will discuss the pros and cons of indoor cultivation and the associated costs to implement the county’s indoor-only cultivation requirements.

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