Grass Valley City Council to talk medical marijuana cultivation |

Grass Valley City Council to talk medical marijuana cultivation

The Grass Valley City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to consider options for regulating the cultivation of medical marijuana citywide.

“(The council) is requesting an update on marijuana laws in California and the U.S.,” City Manager Bob Richardson said. “And just be given an overview to consider whether they want to keep things the same, do they want to make changes, and what are the directions they would like to head in, or if they are good at where they are at today.”

According to city documents, the city has no explicit rules regarding governing the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana, though over recent years local police have received complaints and identified numerous legal and illegal marijuana cultivation sites.

In 1996, the state adopted Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act, that provides legal defense for medical marijuana users.

Statewide, more than 40 cities and 25 counties have adopted ordinances that either regulate or ban medical marijuana cultivation.

On Tuesday, Grass Valley Police Department staff will give a presentation on four options that offer the regulation of outdoor medical marijuana cultivation.

Ordinances that will be discussed Tuesday include a total ban on cultivation, or to limit cultivation inside residential facilities with approved restrictions. The council will also discuss potentially waiting for the outcome of the current state legislation regarding marijuana, or to consider the proposed 2016 California initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana for adults.

“Those are some potential options,” Richardson said. “Really what’s happening is they’re being given a legal update on the state of the legal environment regarding marijuana. There will be no decisions made (Tuesday), if they would like to make any, staff would be coming back to them at a future date.”

In other business, the council will hold the second reading of an ordinance that will provide a three-year time extension on all planning entitlements for previously approved projects citywide. The initiative was approved by council members on July 15.

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To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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