Grass Valley: No pot for 45 days if prop passes |

Grass Valley: No pot for 45 days if prop passes

Marijuana sale, growth and use will be barred in Grass Valley for at least 45 days, even if voters pass a measure Nov. 2 to legalize small amounts for recreational use.

Meanwhile, residents still may not have backyard chickens; City Council members will take up the issue again in December.

City Council members Tuesday asked that a brochure be created for prospective chicken owners to educate them about care and sanitation. The matter will go back to the Planning Commission, which previously recommended in a 3-to-1 vote an ordinance allowing up to four hens on residential properties.

“The brochure would be something people who want chickens must read, comply with and sign before they can register to have chickens,” said Councilman Dan Miller.

Some concerns raised included placement of coops near neighbors’ homes, the size of lots, predators and pests, Miller said.

“It was originally at least 30 feet away from neighboring homes, now it has to be on at least 10,000-square-foot lots, which will take out a lot of residences,” Miller said. “The historic downtown residential area would not be allowed.”

Also late Tuesday, council voted 5-0 to approve the urgency ordinance that would regulate sale, growth and use of marijuana if Proposition 19 passes Nov. 2, Miller said.

Prop. 19 would allow people older than 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to five plants.

“This will give us 45 days to talk about what we want to do if Prop. 19 passes,” Miller said.

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.

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