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Nevada County’s counsel considers changes to marijuana ballot language

The attorney for Nevada County is considering a change to proposed language for a June ballot measure that, if enacted, would ban the outdoor cultivation of marijuana.

Alison Barratt-Green, county counsel, said Thursday that confusion about the upcoming vote has led her to re-examine the issue.

“For clarity, we may make a new recommendation on the ballot question,” she added. “We just want to make it clear.”

Barratt-Green also is planning to submit a resolution on Feb. 9 to the Board of Supervisors that would clearly state its intent if the ban fails at the polls.

“For clarity, we may make a new recommendation on the ballot question. We just want to make it clear.”Alison Barratt-GreenNevada County counsel

The potential tweaks are in response to confusion that grew after the board vote last week to implement an immediate ban on outdoor grows, limit indoor grows to 12 plants and prohibit all commercial growing.

In addition to the immediate ban, the board also agreed to put the issue to the voters on June 7.

Confusion grew when people learned the ban would remain in place regardless of the vote.

That’s because a “yes” vote would implement an outdoor ban supported by the people. A “no” would turn down the ballot language. The urgency ordinance, which also bans outdoor grows, would then remain in effect.

Supervisor Dan Miller, the board chairman, has said supervisors have no intent to bypass the will of the voters. The board would revisit the issue if the ban fails at the ballot box.

The board has until 88 days before the election to formally place the issue on the June 7 ballot. That makes the board’s regular March 8 meeting its last chance.

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

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