Election results: Marijuana measures fall in Yuba County
Special to The Union
Yuba County voters spoke out against medical marijuana cultivation and dispensaries on Tuesday. They voted down Measures A and B, which would have eased restrictions on cultivation and allowed marijuana dispensaries in Yuba County.
Those results seemed a sure bet as of the last update before Appeal-Democrat press deadlines, with almost 6,700 votes in and 87 percent of the precincts counted.
Measure A, which proposed a new, less restrictive ordinance regulating medical cannabis cultivation in unincorporated Yuba County, was voted down by 65 percent of the voters.
Measure B, which proposed an ordinance that would allow one medical marijuana dispensary per 20,000 Yuba County residents and not more than one in any of five supervisors districts in unincorporated Yuba County, was defeated by 58 percent of voters.
Buck Weckman of Families Against Cannabis Trafficking, who has been a vocal opponent of both measures, said he wasn’t surprised by the outcome.
“During our campaign when we were talking to people and making calls, it was pretty clear that residents were tired of the crime and uncivil behavior from the marijuana community,” Weckman said.
Medical marijuana has been a dominant issue in Yuba County since last year, when the Board of Supervisors passed a more strict ordinance that banned outdoor cultivation.
That action sparked a flurry of emotional, packed board meetings and court proceedings. Now, with Measures A and B heading toward likely defeats, the future of the fight for medical marijuana in Yuba County is unclear.
Marysville businesswoman Angelique Perez, one of the supporters of Measure A, could not be reached for comment.
Michelle Parsons, who spoke in favor of Measures A and B during local debates, could not be reached for comment at her Marysville business.
Andrew Creasey is a reporter for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat; contact him at 749-4780 and on Twitter @AD_Creasey.
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