Nevada County prepares for process to write new marijuana grow regulations |

Nevada County prepares for process to write new marijuana grow regulations

A community advisory group of 10 to 12 people will help craft new marijuana grow rules over eight meetings this year, a process approved Tuesday by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

The advisory group, its members not yet selected, will create its cannabis cultivation recommendations and deliver a grow ordinance to supervisors by March 2018. The group's meetings, two of which will be closed to the public, will occur over the next several months. No meeting dates have been set.

"Making spaghetti is really difficult, sometimes," Supervisor Hank Weston said of the process. "There are going to be speed bumps in this road that we're going to go down."

Supervisors started a new path Tuesday when they unanimously approved MIG, Inc., as their cannabis consultant. The group, awarded $115,260 for a year contract, will guide the county through the creation of the advisory group, its meetings and the drafting of new grow rules.

"We do intend to interview a wide range of community representatives," said Daniel Iacofano, project lead and facilitator with MIG.

Iacofano's group will take the remainder of this month to organize the yearlong process and conduct interviews. Supervisors will appoint people to the advisory group, which will meet from May to October. Officials will write the new grow ordinance in November.

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The Nevada County Planning Commission is expected to formally examine that ordinance in December, with board approval around March.

Candidates for the advisory group can get applications in print and online. No applications were available Tuesday.

A handful of people attended Tuesday's meeting, a stark contrast to cannabis-related supervisor meetings in 2016 that filled board chambers and led to hours of public comment.

Diana Gamzon, director of the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance, told supervisors she has over 300 dues-paying members that want to comply with reasonable regulations.

"We're really looking forward to being a support and a resource," Gamzon added.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.