Records request reveals strong opposition to outdoor marijuana cultivation ban by Nevada County Supervisors
March 8, 2016
An overwhelming number of people who contacted the Nevada County Board of Supervisors by phone and email about an outdoor cultivation ban opposed the move, according to documents provided to The Union in response to an open records request.
About 170 emails sent to supervisors in the days before a Jan. 12 vote on an urgency ordinance opposed an immediate ban on outdoor grows. Some 30 emails supported the move.
Phone logs show a vast majority of more than 200 calls opposed the outdoor ban.
County officials compiled the documents in response to an open records request from Nevada City attorney Heather Burke and The Union.
Many grow supporters clashed with supervisors at the Jan. 12 meeting, noting they greatly outnumbered supporters of the ban. Supervisors countered that many who oppose outdoor grows declined to attend the meeting and instead contacted them by phone, email or in person.
Supervisor Dan Miller, chairman of the board, noted Thursday that many people stop him while in the community to express support for the ban. When asked, Miller estimated that more than 170 people have spoken to all the supervisors about their support for the outdoor grow ban and limitation to 12 plants indoors.