Grass Valley to host community discussion on marijuana |

Grass Valley to host community discussion on marijuana

Interested residents will have a chance to contribute to the preparation of a cannabis ordinance tailored for Grass Valley.

“The city chose this course of action to insure local control,” said Grass Valley City Council member Jan Arbuckle. “We formed the ad hoc committee to reach out to our constituents in order to craft a well-thought-out ordinance that will be a good fit for our community, in opposition to a ‘one size fits all’ dictated by the state.”

The committee, guided by Arbuckle and Vice Mayor Howard Levine, will kick off its first community meeting at 8 a.m. Jan. 28, in the Hullender Room of the Grass Valley City Hall.

The committee was formed by the city council during a meeting on Dec. 8. It is tasked with gathering input from residents as the city moves forward with a ban on cultivation, distribution and dispensaries in town.

City officials said the ban is an emergency solution created to retain local control over marijuana regulation before the state-enacted Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act becomes effective on March. 1. The committee acts as the research arm of the city and is expected to report its findings back to the city council in April.

A second meeting is slated at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25; a third meeting date has been set for March 24, but officials said they are still determining a time.

Residents who want to participate in the group discussion should contact the city clerk at 530-274-4310 to have their names added to a mailing list, or just show up at the meetings, Arbuckle said.

Patricia Smith, the president of the Nevada County chapter of Americans for Safe Access, said she hopes Grass Valley allows dispensaries in town, and she praised what she called progressive moves by the city.

“They’ve stated their intention of starting a community group meeting — that is the most logical step to take,” said Smith.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please call 530-477-4236, or email

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