Shasta County to Vote on Outdoor Medical Marijuana Ban

UPDATE January 29, 2014 - The Board voted in an outdoor ban, to take effect in 30 days, overriding the Planning Commission's recommendation to allow outdoor grows on larger parcels. Read more.

UPDATE January 16, 2013 - The Shasta Board has established a medical marijuana advisory committee, and expects to take up the issue again sometime in mid-February.

January 15, 2013 - This morning at its Board of Supervisors meeting, Shasta county's board will consider a resolution setting in motion a ban of outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana, as well as making violations of the ordinance a $1,000 misdemeanor fine instead of a $100 infraction.

The proposal is "a wonderful crime-creation program for the Shasta sheriffs," said CalNORML director Dale Gieringer.

Since at the same meeting, supes will also vote to accept $130,000 to partially fund the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force, spend $8500 for a new canine cop, and accept three military surplus High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles with a value of $48,000 each from the California Public Safety Procurement 1033 Program, it seems they're gearing up.

Shasta BOS chairman for 2013 is David Kehoe, former mayor of Redding and member of the Shasta County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board. Also on the board is former Redding police chief Leonary Moty. Former Anderson Mayor Les Baugh, also on the board, is interviewed in today's Redding Record Searchlight about the issue, along with Supervisor Bill Schappell.

"There may be someone who can't afford the electricity (to grow indoors) what are you going to say, 'You can't do it'?" said Jeffrey Schwartz, an Arcata-based attorney who is on the NORML legal committee. "Certainly just a blanket 'We're not going to allow outdoor grows' I don't think would fly constitutionally."

After hearing from a Shasta county resident, CalNORML deputy director Ellen Komp wrote to the supervisors, "While there may be a need in some cities to require greenhouses or other security measures for medical marijuana gardens, in rural areas and in whole counties, there is no justification for outlawing outdoor gardens. In any case, hardship exemptions for indigent patients must be included to assure safe access under state law."

The only counties that have outdoor bans are Kings, San Bernardino and Sutter (which accepted a compromise allowing for greenhouses, endorsed by a manufacturer of compliant greenhouses). Butte county scrapped their plans for an outdoor ban after their DA objected. Read more about local medical marijuana ordinances.

If Shasta votes in favor of the resolution, it will be researched by planners and then brought before the Planning Commission before an ordinance is considered by the Board of Supervisors.

Shasta county citizens and others with concerns about local ordinances are invited to write to CalNORML.

Legal Outdoor Grows for Siskiyou and Shasta Counties

These counties as well as others should take into consideration the revenues they would benefit from legal outdoor grows as well as dispensaries. They would be making monies for the counties from taxes as well as the purchases from the growers in the counties. They { the growers} will need fencing,soil, containers, etc. for grows, which will most likely be purchased in the counties in which they live. The dispensaries will need sellers permits, will produce taxes, and the owners/employees will be spending their earnings in these said counties. I am a legal user an self grower in Siskiyou county, I follow the rules of how to contain my grow and I purchase all my needs in my county which adds up to quite a sum of money. Now they need to allow dispensary grows also which would bring in millions of dollars to their counties.

Let's Keep It Free

We need to take the stupid high profit margin out of cannabis entirely. Prohibition created $400/oz. cannabis, and the greed this return on investment promises is a huge driving force for criminal activities surrounding it.

Taxation based on prohibition pricing is supporting the criminal element - both black market and dispensary criminals greedy for the big bucks - and the only way to fight it is to legislate price caps for this plant.

Uruguay recently legalized cannabis as a way to fight organized crime - they made the price of it $25/oz. for everyone. $25 cannabis isn't worth anyone's time to try and grow/sell on the black market, not worth smuggling across any border and certainly not worth killing for. Not worth the trouble of hiking miles into our National Forests to grow either.

That's what we should do here, but thanks to the whining and moaning of law enforcement, drug rehab counselors, and every other tick sucking on this bloated carcass that is cannabis prohibition, it's difficult for common sense and high school level economics to break through the noise. Law enforcement should not have a voice whatsoever in this debate - they have an obvious financial stake in the outcome. Why would we let the fox help decide how to keep the hen house safe?

Cannabis is an easily grown plant that is non-toxic to mammals and has the potential to actually cure lots of the high-profit diseases doctors now can only treat the symptoms of. Cancer, diabetes, autism, depression, arthritis - cannabis can CURE these diseases and allow us to de-militarize our local police, making our towns not only much safer and financially stable but much, much healthier.

Re: for legal use of medical marijuana.

I have glaucoma and I use this for my eye pressure.I don't want to have to buy my medicine from the doing this you're making innocent people that are sick buy a ill3legally. I don't have pain medication for my back or nothing to help me sleep I need it for my nerves I need this medicine its the only thing that helps me otherwise I'll have to get some drugs from the doctor. Pills that will mess up my liver and make me sick in many different ways this will raise our medical bills you know,and since I am disabled the people will have to pay for that. Instead of getting tax dollars. We will have to pay tax dollars.