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Marijuana, backyard chickens on table today at city council

Grass Valley City Council members could pass an ordinance tonight to address Proposition 19, banning commercial marijuana establishments for recreational sale and banning the recreational use of marijuana in public.

The ordinance, contingent on Proposition 19 passing Nov. 2, would create a 45-day moratorium on commercial establishments for recreational sale of marijuana, and on smoking marijuana in public. City Council meets at 7 p.m. today at City Hall, 125 E. Main St.

“Under the ordinance, you can’t grow and you can’t sell,” said City Administrator Dan Holler.



Written as an “urgency ordinance,” it would require at least four votes in favor, and wouldn’t require a second hearing or 30-day review period, Holler said.

If passed, it would go into effect Nov. 3, if Proposition 19 were to pass, he added.




The ordinance would still allow recreational use at home, Holler said.

With the 45-day ordinance in place, the City Council could then extend the moratorium at a later date.

If Proposition 19 doesn’t pass, then the ordinance is null, he said.

The city of Galt, about 80 miles south of town in the Central Valley, recently passed a similar ordinance, the Lodi News-Sentinel reported.

Meanwhile, under a law signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this month, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana will be reduced from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction when the rule goes into effect Jan. 11, 2011.

An ordinance that would allow up to four chickens on the property of single-family residences goes to the council tonight, too.

The Planning Commission recently recommended the ordinance in a 3-to-1 vote, with some concerns voiced by the public about noise, cleanliness and property values if the ordinance passes and backyard chickens were allowed.

Other items on the agenda include a review of the Glenbrook Basin Redevelopment Infill Study, which looks at development potential in the Glenbrook Basin; and the introduction of a five-year implementation plan for the Grass Valley Redevelopment Project Area, a state-required update on the city’s redevelopment efforts, Holler said.

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


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