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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2017 01:00 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/21/2017 01:00 PM
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Draft Commercial Cannabis Ban Ordinance Has Been Released

San Andreas, CA...The Calaveras County Planning Department has released the draft of the Commercial Cannabis Ban Ordinance. Its' intent...."It is the purpose and intent of this chapter to prohibit, to the maximum extent allowed under state law, with limited exceptions, the commercial, medical, and recreational cultivation, manufacture, testing, distribution, transportation, and storage of cannabis in order to preserve the public peace, health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of Calaveras County and the environment while retaining the ability of patients to have access to medical cannabis in the County to the extent deemed necessary under state law. Any ambiguity in this Chapter should be construed in whatever manner best effectuates this intent." The complete draft is below and also linked to in its' pdf form....Ban Ord Final Draft 4-20-17




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ORDINANCE NO. ____
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF CALAVERAS COUNTY RESCINDING IN FULL AND ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 17.95 OF THE CALAVERAS COUNTY CODE RELATING TO CANNABIS CULTIVATION AND COMMERCE
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The Board of Supervisors of the County of Calaveras does hereby ordain as follows:
SECTION 1: Pursuant to its authority granted by Article XI Section 7 of the California Constitution, Sections 65850 et. seq., 25845 and 53069.4 of the California Government Code and Sections 11362.83(c) and 11362.768 of the California Health and Safety Code, Sections 19300 et. seq. of the California Business & Professions Code, and The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64, approved by voters November 8, 2016), Calaveras County Code Chapter 17.95, governing medical cannabis cultivation and commerce, is repealed in its entirety and the following new Chapter 17.95 is adopted and substituted in its place to read as follows:
Chapter 17.95
ALL COMMERCIAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION & COMMERCE PROHIBITED; RECREATIONAL AND MEDICAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION PROHIBITED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED UNDER STATE LAW; REASONABLE REGULATION OF RECREATIONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL MEDICAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION
17.95.010 Purpose and Intent
17.95.020 Definitions
17.95.030 Relationship to Other Laws
17.95.040 Nuisance Declared; Cannabis Cultivation & Related Activities Prohibited; Exceptions
17.95.050 Remediation of Abandoned Cultivation Sites
17.95.060 Enforcement; Fines; Liability to Pay Costs and Fines
17.95.070 Severability
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17.95.010 Purpose and intent
It is the purpose and intent of this chapter to prohibit, to the maximum extent allowed under state law, with limited exceptions, the commercial, medical, and recreational cultivation, manufacture, testing, distribution, transportation, and storage of cannabis in order to preserve the public peace, health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of
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Calaveras County and the environment while retaining the ability of patients to have access to medical cannabis in the County to the extent deemed necessary under state law. Any ambiguity in this Chapter should be construed in whatever manner best effectuates this intent.
17.95.020 Definitions
Unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning, the definitions in this Section are intended to apply to this Chapter only. Any term which is not specifically defined for purposes of this Chapter shall have the definition, if any, provided by Title 17 of the Calaveras County Code or elsewhere within the County Code.
A. “Cannabis” or “Marijuana” shall, to the extent it is cultivated, manufactured, distributed, transported, or tested for purposes of medical use, be defined in the same manner as it is defined for purposes of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) and its subsequent amendments. “Cannabis” or “Marijuana” shall, to the extent it is cultivated, manufactured, distributed, transported, or tested for purposes of recreational use, be defined in the same manner as it is defined for purposes of The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) and its subsequent amendments. It does not include “industrial hemp” as defined in the California Health and Safety Code. “Cannabis” shall also include “marijuana products” or “cannabis products” as defined in AUMA and food substances and topical products containing cannabis.
B. “Caregiver” or “primary caregiver” has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments.
C. “Child resistant”, whether referring to a lock protecting against entry into cultivation area containing medical or recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
D. “Code” means the Calaveras County Code.
E. “Commercial”, as used in this Chapter, refers to the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, laboratory testing, transport, storage, possession, processing, labeling, dispensing, sale, or other activities involving cannabis that are or will be subject to state licensure under MCRSA or AUMA and their subsequent amendments. “Commercial”, for purposes of this Chapter, shall also refer to all collective and cooperative cannabis cultivation, whether for nonmedical purposes or for medical purposes as defined in the California Health and Safety Code other than 1) that cultivation permitted under 17.95.040(C) and 2) cultivation permitted by a medical cannabis dispensary operating in compliance with state law and Chapter 17.91 of the Calaveras County Code.
F. “Costs of Enforcement” or “Enforcement Costs” means all costs, direct or indirect, actual or incurred related to the performance of various administrative
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acts required pursuant to the enforcement of this Chapter, which include but are not limited to: administrative overhead, salaries and expenses incurred by County officers and enforcement officers, site inspections, investigations, evidence storage, notices, telephone contacts and correspondence, conducting hearings, as well as time expended by County staff in calculating the above expenses. The costs also include the cost of time and expenses associated with bringing the matter to hearing, the costs associated with any appeals from any decision rendered by any hearing body, hearing officer or court, the costs of judicially abating a violation, and all costs associated with removing, correcting or otherwise abating any violation, including administrative penalties of this Chapter.
G. “County” means the County of Calaveras.
H. “Cultivation” means any activity involving the planting, growing, harvesting, drying, curing, grading, or trimming of cannabis, including a cannabis nursery.
I. “Cultivation area” shall mean that portion of the cultivation site containing live cannabis plants.
J. “Cultivation site” means the location where cannabis has been planted, grown, and harvested, dried, cured, graded, or trimmed in conformance with this Chapter.
K. “Delivery” or “delivering”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
L. “Dispensing”, “dispensary”, or “medical cannabis dispensary”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments. “Medical cannabis dispensary” also has the same meaning as it does in Chapter 17.91 of the Calaveras County Code.
M. “Distribution” or “distributing”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
N. “Dwelling”, for purposes of this Chapter, means a building intended for human habitation that has been legally established, permitted and certified as a single-family or multi-family dwelling.
O. “Enforcement Official” means a County Code Enforcement Officer, the County Agricultural Commissioner, the County Sheriff, or a department head who is authorized by County Code to enforce this Title or other Title of the Calaveras County Code, or the authorized deputies or designees of any of these officials, each of whom is independently authorized to enforce this Chapter.
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P. “Labeling”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
Q. “Manufacture” or “manufacturing”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
R. “Medical cannabis” has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA.
S. “Minor” or “minors” means a person or people under twenty-one (21) years of age. “Minor” or “minors” does not include a person or people between eighteen (18) and twenty (20) years of age who use medical cannabis in compliance with the Compassionate Use Act (CUA), Medical Marijuana Program Act (MMPA), and MCRSA.
T. “Multi-family dwelling” is a “dwelling” containing multiple private residences.
U. “Nursery”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
V. “Parcel” means any parcel of real property that may be separately sold in compliance with the Subdivision Map Act (commencing with Section 66410 of the Government Code) and also means any parcel that is described, recorded and kept in official County records specifically including documents and maps used by the County Assessor’s Office, the County Tax Collector’s Office and the County Recorder’s Office.
W. “Person”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
X. “Plant” means any mature or immature cannabis plant including the stalks of the plant, or any cannabis seedling, that is capable of producing marijuana. A “mature” marijuana or cannabis plant is one whose sex can be determined by visual inspection.
Y. “Possessing” or “possession”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
Z. “Private residence”, whether referring to a location where medical or recreational cannabis is cultivated, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA.
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AA. “Processing”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
BB. “Recreational cannabis” is cannabis that is not “medical cannabis”.
CC. “Residence” shall have the same meaning as “Dwelling”, as defined in 17.95.020(N).
DD. “Sale”, “sales”, or “selling”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
EE. “Storage” or “storing”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
FF. “Testing” or “laboratory testing”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
GG. “Transport”, “transporting”, or “transportation”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in MCRSA and its subsequent amendments; and, when referring to recreational cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in AUMA and its subsequent amendments.
17.95.030 Relationship to other laws; termination of medical cannabis registrations and “application pending” certificates; amortization.
A. It is the intention that the provisions of this Chapter will supersede any other provisions of the Calaveras County Code found to be in conflict and shall apply regardless of whether the activities existed or occurred prior to the adoption of this Chapter.
B. Any and all “registration” or “application pending” certificates issued by the County for medical cannabis cultivation sites under the prior version of this Chapter (the Urgency Ordinance adopted May 10, 2016) shall terminate and be rendered invalid ninety (90) days after the effective date of this permanent ordinance.
C. All individuals or entities cultivating cannabis pursuant to a cannabis cultivation site registration or “application pending” certificate under the prior version of this Chapter (the Urgency Ordinance adopted May 10, 2016) shall come into full compliance with all provisions of this Chapter other than Section 17.95.050 within
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ninety (90) days of its enactment and shall come into full compliance with the provisions of Section 17.95.050 within one hundred eighty (180) days of its enactment.
D. The Planning Department shall, within sixty (60) days of the effective date of this permanent ordinance, notify the State Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation pursuant to Business & Professions Code Section 19320(b) that all County approvals of medical cannabis cultivation sites, whether pursuant to a registration or an “application pending” certificate, will be rescinded as a matter of law at the end of the ninetieth (90th) day after the effective date of this Chapter. With the exception of cannabis cultivators who have had their registrations revoked or invalidated after issuance, the Planning Department shall, in such notice to the State, explain that the rescission of these approvals is unrelated to the individual conduct of the growers.
E. Notwithstanding any of the above, the provisions of this Chapter shall not apply to medical cannabis dispensaries, which are separately regulated under Chapter 17.91 of the Calaveras County Code.
F. Nothing in this Chapter is intended nor shall it be construed to preclude a landlord from limiting or prohibiting cannabis cultivation, smoking, or other related activities by tenants within the limits of state and local law.
G. No cannabis cultivation, including cannabis cultivation that occurred pursuant to the temporary authorization provided under the prior version of this Chapter, shall be deemed an “agricultural operation” for purposes of Title 14 of the Calaveras County Code or a “legally existing agricultural land use” for purposes of Title 17 of the Calaveras County Code.
17.95.040 Nuisance Declared; Cannabis Cultivation & Related Activities Prohibited; Exceptions
A. All cultivation of cannabis, whether indoor or outdoor, is hereby declared to be unlawful in all zones and a public nuisance that may be abated and subject to enforcement pursuant to Chapter 8.06 of the County Code. This provision shall apply to cannabis cultivation by a nursery but shall not apply to cannabis cultivation by a lawful, permitted dispensary operating in compliance with state law and Chapter 17.91 of this Code. This Section shall not affect the right to use or possess cannabis as authorized by state law.
B. All cannabis manufacturing, testing, distributing, or transporting, is hereby declared to be unlawful in all zones and a public nuisance that may be abated and subject to enforcement pursuant to Chapter 8.06 of the County Code. This provision shall not apply to prevent a lawful, permitted cannabis dispensary operating in compliance with state law and Chapter 17.91 of this Code from
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engaging in any of the activities permitted under a state dispensary license. This provision shall also not apply to such transportation of cannabis through the County that is protected against prohibition under MCRSA and/or AUMA.
C. Notwithstanding Subsection A above, this section shall not apply to the non-commercial cultivation of recreational cannabis by a person(s) aged twenty-one (21) or older, or the non-commercial cultivation of medical cannabis by a person(s) aged eighteen (18) years or older, provided that such cultivation complies with all of the following conditions:
1. No more than six (6) live cannabis plants per private residence may be cultivated indoors at any one time regardless of:
a. Whether the cannabis is medical or recreational;
b. Whether the cannabis is grown inside the private residence or in an accessory structure thereto;
c. The size or maturity of the plant(s); or
d. The number of recreational users, medical users, or primary caregivers residing together in the private residence.
2. In addition to the limitations described in Subsection (C)(1) above, the following limitations shall also apply to the cultivation of medical cannabis:
a. Medical cannabis cultivated for personal use shall not exceed the canopy area limits imposed by MCRSA; and
b. Medical cannabis cultivated by a primary caregiver for others shall not exceed the patient limits or canopy area limits imposed by MCRSA.
3. A private residence, for purposes of this Chapter, must be a dwelling as defined in Section 17.95.020 of this Chapter (or a temporary dwelling as provided in Chapter 17.93 of the County Code for disaster victims).
4. If a person cultivating cannabis does not own the parcel on which the private residence is located, express written permission from the owner(s) consenting to cannabis cultivation and any associated material alterations to the property must be obtained prior to commencing cultivation, shall be maintained at the private residence, and shall be provided to the County upon request of any Enforcement Officer.
5. If an individual cultivating cannabis within a dwelling (or within an accessory structure thereto) is not an owner of that dwelling, and the owner of the dwelling is different than the owner of the parcel on which it lies, the express written permission from the owner(s) of the dwelling consenting to cannabis cultivation (and to any associated material alterations to the property) must be obtained before commencing cultivation, shall be maintained at the private residence, and shall be provided to the County upon request of any Enforcement Officer.
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6. There shall be at least one dwelling as defined in Section 17.95.020 of this Chapter (or a temporary dwelling as provided in Chapter 17.93 of the County Code for disaster victims) on any parcel on which cannabis is cultivated pursuant to this Section, and each cultivator must maintain his/her primary residence on this parcel.
7. Cannabis cultivation shall only occur within a single designated area of a dwelling or within a single accessory structure thereto with solid walls and a ceiling, roof or top and which complies with all local ordinances, codes, regulations, and permitting requirements for the accessory structure’s type, size, and intended use. The cultivation shall be subordinate, incidental, and accessory to the residential use.
8. The cultivation site must be in full compliance with all other applicable requirements of the County Code, including but not limited to the building, safety, and technical codes and requirements relevant to obtaining necessary building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, or other permits, inspection of the residence, and the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
9. No cultivation is permitted within the common areas of a multi-family dwelling, residential development, mobile home park, or other similar residential arrangements.
10. The cultivation site shall be enclosed and securely locked, using a child resistant lock, in a manner designed to reasonably prevent access by unaccompanied minors at all times that it is not occupied by an adult at least eighteen years of age.
11. The cultivation site shall be screened in a manner that prevents common visual observation by members of the public who may be present on public roads, public lands, public properties, or parcels containing a “sensitive use” as that term is defined in Calaveras County Code 17.91.060(B).
12. There shall be no form of signage on the parcel suggesting the presence of cannabis.
13. There shall be no cultivation within any private residence containing a child day care as defined by state and/or local law.
14. There shall be no light pollution, glare, or brightness of artificial illumination associated with the cultivation.
15. Any generator providing power to the cultivation site shall be powered using either an approved electrical source or a generator that is:
a. Housed in an insulated shed; and
b. Set back a minimum of seventy-five (75) feet from the property line; and
c. In compliance with the County’s noise ordinance.
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16. The cultivation area shall be watered:
a. Using a legal water source on the parcel,
b. Without engaging in unlawful or unpermitted surface drawing of water for such cultivation, and
c. Without allowing illegal discharges of water or chemicals from the property.
17. Soil and mulch, amendments, pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fungicides, fertilizers and other hazardous materials shall be used, stored, and disposed of in full compliance with federal, state, and local laws.
18. The cultivation shall comply with all provisions of this Chapter and all laws, regulations, and ordinances that apply within the County’s jurisdictional boundaries including but not limited to, as applicable, the CUA, MMPA, MCRSA, AUMA, and any subsequent amendments to these laws, regulations, and ordinances.
17.95.050 Remediation and Restoration of Abandoned Cannabis Cultivation Sites
A. An “abandoned cannabis cultivation site” for purposes of this section is that portion of a parcel on which cannabis cultivation or related activities have occurred within twenty-four (24) months of the enactment date of this Chapter but is no longer occurring, regardless of whether or not anyone is lawfully residing on the parcel.
B. The current legal owner(s) of a parcel containing an abandoned cannabis cultivation site, whether or not the site was registered under the County’s prior medical cannabis cultivation site registration system or had an “application pending” certificate, shall take immediate steps to maintain the site in a manner which prevents further soil erosion and sediment run-off; visual blight; illegal diversion of water supply; contamination of soil; contamination of waters of the State from soil additives such as soil and mulch, amendments, and fertilizers; improper keeping, storage and/or disposal of rodenticides, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides; and improper keeping, generation, storage, or disposal of household waste, fuel and chemical containers, and/or other hazardous waste or materials which may cause harm to public health or the environment.
C. The current owner(s) of a parcel containing an abandoned cannabis cultivation site shall additionally take all of the following actions to remediate and restore the abandoned cannabis cultivation site:
1. All preparation and/or development of the site for future cannabis cultivation or related activities that are not permitted under this Chapter shall cease, regardless of whether or not a grading permit, building permit, or other similar permit has been issued for these activities.
2. To the extent an unexpired permit exists for earthmoving activity, water diversion activity, waste discharge, timber harvesting, construction, or any
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other activity, and to the extent such unexpired permit imposes conditions for the site upon cessation of cannabis cultivation activity, these conditions shall be fully complied with.
3. To the extent that earthmoving activity, water diversion activity, timber harvesting, construction, or any other activity occurred on the site which requires a permit under local, state, or federal law, but for which a permit was never applied for or received, a permit shall be applied for and received, and its conditions shall be fully complied with, regardless of whether or not the unpermitted activity has ceased.
4. All remediation and restoration activities shall be performed in compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal rules and regulations.
5. Best management practices shall be employed to control soil erosion and protect water quality on the site.
6. Any unlawful diversion or use of water for cannabis cultivation on the site shall cease, and both the site and the streambed(s) or waterway(s) impacted by the diversion shall be restored to their pre-diversion state in compliance with all laws.
7. Soil and mulch, amendments, pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fungicides, fertilizers and other hazardous materials shall be properly disposed of or stored as required by law.
8. All temporary structures placed on the site for purposes of cannabis cultivation or related activities, including but not limited to hoop houses and unpermitted greenhouses, recreational vehicles, outhouses, and temporary fencing shall be removed and properly disposed of within 90 days of the effective date of this ordinance.
9. All waste, including but not limited to household, commercial, and agricultural waste, fuel and chemical containers, and any other hazardous waste shall be properly collected and removed from the site in accordance with all laws to prevent a nuisance and public health hazard.
D. Any temporary permit issued pursuant to 17.95.165(N)(14) shall automatically terminate, and all removal of temporary facilities authorized by that permit shall be removed, within 90 days of the effective date of this ordinance.
17.95.060 Enforcement; Fines; Liability to Pay Costs and Fines
A. To enforce the provisions of this Chapter, an Enforcement Official may, at a reasonable time, request inspection of any parcel known to be or suspected of cultivating cannabis. If the person owning or occupying the parcel refuses the request for an inspection, the Enforcement Official shall have recourse to pursue every remedy provided by law to secure entry, including but not limited to obtaining an inspection warrant.
B. Whenever any Enforcement Official determines that a public nuisance as described in this Chapter exists within the unincorporated County, he or she is
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authorized to utilize the enforcement, abatement, cost recovery, and administrative hearing provisions described in Chapter 8.06 of the County Code, including, as necessary, the summary abatement provisions of that Chapter. The County shall also have the right to utilize any injunction, enforcement, cost recovery, abatement or other administrative, criminal or civil remedy available to the County under applicable laws, including but not limited to the civil, criminal and administrative remedies provided in this Chapter, Chapter 17.100 of the County Code, Government Code §25845, and Business and Professions Code §19360.
C. Notwithstanding the use of the word “cultivation” in Sections 8.06.600 and 8.06.700 of the County Code, the provisions of those Sections shall also apply to other cannabis-related uses and activities in violation of this Chapter, including but not limited to violations related to the manufacture, testing, distribution, or transporting of cannabis.
D. Any person and/or entity that owns or occupies a residence or parcel upon which cannabis is cultivated, manufactured, tested, distributed or transported in violation of this Chapter, or which otherwise violates any of the provisions of this Chapter, may be subject to any and all remedies available to the County under Section 17.95.060(B).
E. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this Chapter and other provisions of the County Code, the provisions of this Chapter shall apply. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of Chapter 8.06 and Chapter 17.100 of the County Code with respect to the enforcement of violations of this Chapter, the provisions of Chapter 8.06 shall apply.
F. Nothing herein shall be read, interpreted or construed in any manner so as to limit any existing right or power of the County to enforce County ordinances and regulations, to abate any and all nuisances, or to employ any remedy available at law or equity.
G. Issuance of a warning shall not be a requirement prior to enforcement of any provision of this Chapter.
H. In any enforcement action brought to enforce the provisions of this Chapter, each owner and/or occupant who causes, permits, suffers, or maintains the unlawful cultivation, manufacture, testing, distribution or transporting of cannabis shall be jointly and severally liable for all resulting administrative fines and for any and all actual costs incurred by the County, including but not limited to all administrative costs (which shall include staff time and attorneys’ fees) and abatement costs, in the event the County brings and prevails in any administrative proceeding, civil suit, or any other action to enforce the provisions of this Chapter.
I. Each person or entity violating this Chapter shall be guilty of a separate offense for each and every day, or portion thereof, on which any violation of any provision
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of this Chapter is committed, continued, or permitted by any such person or entity. Any violation which persists for more than one day is deemed a continuing violation.
J. In addition to the actual abatement and/or administrative costs incurred by the County in enforcing this Chapter, any person who has been issued a notice of violation and fails to abate such violation within the timeframes specified in the notice, shall be assessed an administrative fine of one-thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per day. The administrative fine shall be assessed immediately upon the expiration of the deadline specified in the notice of violation and shall continue to accrue daily until the violation has been fully abated and verified by the Enforcement Officer.
17.95.070 Severability
If any part or subsection of this chapter is for any reason held to be invalid, unlawful, or unconstitutional, such invalidity, unlawfulness, or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity, lawfulness, or constitutionality of any other part of this chapter.
SECTION 2: FINDINGS
The Board of Supervisors of the County of Calaveras finds and declares as follows:
A. The Federal Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §§ 801 et seq., classifies cannabis (or marijuana) as a Schedule I Drug, which is defined as a drug or other substance that has a high potential for abuse, that has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and that has not been accepted as safe for use under medical supervision.
B. The Federal Controlled Substances Act makes it unlawful, under federal law, for any person to cultivate, manufacture, distribute or dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense, marijuana or cannabis. The Federal Controlled Substances Act contains no exemption for the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, or possession of marijuana or cannabis for medical or recreational purposes.
C. On October 19, 2009, then-Attorney General David W. Ogden issued a memorandum directing federal prosecutors in states with medical cannabis regulations to deprioritize the prosecution of compliant businesses and individuals. Substantively similar memoranda were subsequently issued by then-Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole and became known collectively as “the Cole memos”. The Cole memos, while not providing a defense against potential federal enforcement, professed tolerance of state schemes to regulate medical cannabis so long as they were sufficiently stringent to protect against the types of
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cannabis-related activity deemed a priority by the federal government. To date, the Cole memos have not been rescinded or replaced.
D. On December 16, 2014, then-President Barack H. Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, containing language known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which prohibits the expenditure of federal funds to prosecute cases against medical cannabis patients and providers, including businesses, in states where medical cannabis use is legal. The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment must be extended annually and will be due for renewal or expiration in April 2017. To date, no action has been taken on it.
E. There are, to date, no federal policies protecting against federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in the recreational cannabis context.
F. In 1996, the voters of the State of California approved Proposition 215, "The Compassionate Use Act", (codified as Health and Safety Code Section 11362.5), which was intended to decriminalize cultivation and possession of medical cannabis by a seriously ill patient, or the patient's primary caregiver, for the patient's personal use, and to create a limited defense to the crimes of possessing or cultivating cannabis. The Act further provided that nothing in it shall be construed to supersede legislation prohibiting persons from engaging in conduct that endangers others, or to condone the diversion of cannabis for non-medical purposes.
G. The State enacted SB 420 in 2004 (known as the "Medical Marijuana Program Act", codified as Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7 et seq.) to expand and clarify the scope of The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 by creating the Medical Marijuana Identification Card program, creating reasonable regulations for cultivating, processing, transporting and administering cannabis, as well as limiting the amount of cannabis a qualified individual may possess.
H. The Medical Marijuana Program Act (MMPA) defines a "primary caregiver" as an individual who is designated by a qualified patient or by a person with an identification card, and who has consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of that patient or person and is further defined in the California Supreme Court decision People v. Mentch (2008) 45 Cal.4th 274.
I. The State enacted the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) on September 11, 2015 (SB 643, AB 266, and AB 243), instituting a comprehensive state-level licensure and regulatory scheme for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, laboratory testing, and dispensing of medical cannabis through numerous changes and additions to the Business & Professions Code and the Health and Safety Code. MMRSA legalizes and regulates for-profit commercial activity related to medical cannabis in California.
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MMRSA has been subsequently amended and renamed the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA).
J. While, prior to May 10, 2016, Calaveras County had never adopted a local ordinance allowing or regulating cannabis cultivation within the County (or other cannabis activities aside from medical cannabis dispensaries), there had been for many years several hundred unregulated cannabis cultivation sites within the County. While these cultivation sites were unlawful under principles of permissive zoning and County Code 17.04.010, some growers have argued they were legal because they were not expressly banned. The adoption of this ordinance will serve to clarify that the County expressly intends to prohibit all cannabis cultivation within the County except those cultivation expressly protected under state and local law.
K. When MMRSA was originally enacted on January 1, 2016, it contained a provision requiring local governments to either adopt a local regulatory scheme for medical cannabis activities by March 1, 2016 or the State would become "the sole licensing authority" for these activities.
L. Throughout the State of California, many cities and counties, including cities and counties surrounding Calaveras County, quickly adopted local urgency ordinances banning or severely restricting medical cannabis activities within their boundaries.
M. On February 3, 2016, the Governor of California signed Assembly Bill 21, removing the March 1st deadline for counties and cities to develop their own regulatory schemes.
N. On February 16, 2016, the Board of Supervisors, at an open public meeting, directed the County Counsel's Office to draft an ordinance allowing but regulating medical cannabis cultivation and commercial uses involving medical cannabis within the jurisdictional boundaries of Calaveras County. This ordinance required the preparation of a programmatic environmental impact report before it could be adopted and implemented, and this process had the potential to take more than a year to complete.
O. Meanwhile, in the wake of the Board of Supervisor’s February 16, 2016 directive to prepare an ordinance allowing medical cannabis cultivation, Calaveras County experienced a marked influx of people who were escaping the new regulatory bans of medical cannabis cultivation in neighboring jurisdictions, purchasing and leasing real estate within the County, and seeking to use these properties to cultivate medical cannabis in anticipation of the County’s new ordinance. There had also been a steep rise in land speculation by existing local growers who were buying inexpensive properties affected by the Butte Fire and seeking to move or expand their cultivation sites beyond the ones they have already
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created. There was a concern that these trends were contributing to an unstudied, unregulated, and potentially significant impact on the environment.
P. Meanwhile, the County’s geographic and climatic conditions, which include dense forested areas with adequate precipitation and mild winters, provide conditions that are favorable to outdoor cannabis cultivation, allowing growers to achieve a high per-plant yield. Q. As a means of mitigating the impact of the influx of growers pending final adoption of an Environmental Impact Report on the proposed permanent regulatory scheme for cannabis cultivation and commerce, the Board of Supervisors, on May 10, 2016, adopted an interim urgency ordinance authorizing temporary fee-based registrations for existing cannabis cultivation sites and requiring strict compliance with local and state laws designed to protect the public and the environment until a permanent ordinance was adopted. The applications were lengthy in order to capture the extensive compliance criteria, and the processing of each application was, as a result, highly labor-intensive.
R. As a result of 1) most neighboring jurisdictions continuing to ban or severely restrict commercial cannabis cultivation, 2) a sustained unusual availability of inexpensive land for sale that was suitable for cannabis cultivation, and 3) the approximately three-month gap between the day the regulatory scheme was publicly announced and the May 10, 2016 cut-off date for having a prepared cultivation site that could qualify for registration under it, the influx into the county of new growers continued, and approximately three times the expected number of registration applications were submitted to the Planning Department. Fewer than 300 were expected, but approximately 900 were received.
S. Almost half of the registration applications thus far processed by the Planning Department have resulted in a denial of the application after further investigation revealed disqualifying circumstances concerning the site or the grower. Thus, the imposition of strict regulations and a three-month timeframe to comply did not adequately disincentivize unqualified cannabis cultivators from paying the registration fee and gambling that their disqualifying conditions would remain unnoticed. The unexpected influx of additional growers, which included an influx of unqualified growers, has been correlated with an increase in cannabis-related crime, including but not limited to robbery, assault, and murder.
T. This unexpected number of registration applications, some legitimate and some not, overwhelmed the County’s ability to quickly process the applications to determine if the sites met all of the qualification criteria of the urgency ordinance. The application burden far outpaced the ability of the Planning Department, Code Enforcement, and the Sheriff’s Department, even with additional proceeds from registration fees, to hire, train, and retain an adequate number of new staff
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members to review applications, conduct background checks and inspect proposed sites while also continuing their other day-to-day duties.
U. The majority of registration applications for the 2016 cultivation season remain unprocessed to date, and now a new cannabis growing season is imminent.
V. The knowledge that County staff is overwhelmed by the application burden will likely incentivize those whose sites or whose criminal background do not qualify for registration, but whose applications have not yet been processed, to continue growing cannabis despite having substandard sites or disqualifying circumstances that would negate the protections intended by the urgency ordinance.
W. On November 8, 2016, the voters of California adopted Proposition 64, “The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA), which requires local jurisdictions to allow its residents to cultivate up to six cannabis plants indoors non-commercially for recreational use. AUMA retains the right of local jurisdictions to impose reasonable regulations on recreational cultivation and imposes a comprehensive statewide regulatory scheme on recreational cannabis use and commerce. The state has not yet passed the implementing legislation to enact AUMA or integrate it with regulation under MCRSA, and the County has not yet adopted any regulations addressing non-medical cannabis.
X. On November 8, 2016 the voters of Calaveras County adopted a measure to tax commercial cannabis businesses within the County but rejected a voter initiative seeking to establish a permanent regulatory ordinance that allowed more uses in more zones than the existing urgency ordinance.
Y. In January 2017, another County voter initiative, Measure B, qualified for the May 2017 ballot seeking to ban commercial cannabis within the County. The newly elected Board of Supervisors called a special election to allow the people to vote on the initiative,
Z. In February 2017, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to prepare a permanent ordinance banning commercial cannabis cultivation and other commercial cannabis uses within the County (other than medical cannabis dispensaries, which remain regulated under a separate chapter of the County Code). Meanwhile, the Board voted to extend the Urgency Ordinance as allowed by state law to provide the time required to prepare and adopt a ban without existing regulations lapsing.
AA. On March 28, 2017, after a legal challenge was filed by a member of the public, the Calaveras County Superior Court ordered Measure B stricken from the ballot after finding some of its language to be impermissibly misleading.
BB. The rapid changes to cannabis-related state laws over the last two years and the resulting uncertainty concerning federal enforcement policies, final state law requirements, and the nature of state assistance to local governments seeking to
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allow the newly legalized industry further justify the imposition of a ban on most commercial cannabis businesses within the County.
CC. Children (minor under the age of 18) are particularly vulnerable to the effects of cannabis use and the presence of cannabis plants or products is an attractive nuisance for children, creating an unreasonable hazard in areas frequented by children (including schools, parks, and other similar locations). The cultivation of cannabis at locations deemed “sensitive uses” under Chapter 17.91 of the County Code creates unique risks that the cannabis plants may be observed by juveniles, and therefore, be especially vulnerable to theft or recreational consumption by juveniles. Further, the potential for criminal activities associated with the cultivation or distribution of cannabis in the proximity of such locations poses heightened risks that juveniles will be involved or endangered.
DD. The unregulated cultivation of cannabis in the unincorporated area of Calaveras County can adversely affect the health, safety, and well-being of the County, its residents and environment. Comprehensive civil regulation of premises used for cannabis cultivation, including zoning regulation, is proper and necessary to reduce the risks of criminal activity, degradation of the natural environment, malodorous smells, and indoor electrical fire hazards that may result from unregulated cannabis cultivation, and that are especially significant if the amount of cannabis cultivated on a single premises is not regulated and substantial amounts of cannabis are thereby allowed to be concentrated in densely populated areas.
EE. As cannabis plants begin to flower, and for a period of approximately two months or more during the growing season, they produce an extremely strong odor that is offensive to many people and detectable well beyond property boundaries upon which they are grown. The strong odor of cannabis may create an attractive nuisance, alerting individuals to the location of plants, thereby creating the risk of potential crimes such as burglary, robbery, armed robbery, assault, attempted murder, and murder.
FF. Comprehensive prohibition of commercial activities related to cannabis, including but not limited to the manufacture of cannabis products, distribution of cannabis, storage of cannabis, testing of cannabis, and commercial transport of cannabis, is proper to address the risks and adverse impacts associated with such activities, which include but are not limited to risks related to the concentration of large amounts of cannabis on a single premises, fire hazards, and toxin release hazards.
GG. Outdoor cannabis cultivation, especially within the foothills, is negatively impacting California’s surface and groundwater resources. The State Water Resources Control Board, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and the
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Department of Fish and Wildlife have seen a dramatic increase in the number of cannabis gardens, and corresponding increases in impacts to water supply and water quality, including the discharge of sediments, pesticides, fertilizers, petroleum hydrocarbons, trash and human waste. The sources of these impacts result from unpermitted and unregulated timber clearing, road development, stream diversion for irrigation, land grading, erosion of disturbed surfaces and stream banks, and temporary human occupancy without proper sanitary facilities.
HH. The unregulated indoor cultivation of substantial amounts of cannabis poses potential health and safety risks to those living in the residence, especially to children, and includes the increased risks of fire from grow light systems, exposure to fertilizers, pesticides, anti-fungus/mold agents, and exposure to potential property crimes targeting the residence.
II. The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration reports that various types of cannabis plants under certain planting conditions may yield an average of between ½ pound to nearly 2 pounds of cannabis. The Northern California Regional Intelligence Center estimates the “street value” of domestically produced high-grade cannabis sold illegally in California at $200-$2500 per pound, and an informal survey by the Sheriff’s Department of cannabis dispensary prices in Northern California revealed retail prices ranging between roughly $2000 per pound to roughly $6000 per pound.
JJ. Large-scale, unregulated cannabis cultivation has attracted crime and associated violence in this and other counties, and grows may involve armed guards and/or booby traps that threaten severe bodily harm or death to anyone who attempts to access the area of the grow. In 2011, there was an armed robbery and murder associated with an illegal grow in Amador County, and a robbery attempt in this County resulted in the shooting deaths of three men in late 2015. Due to the processing delays described above, not enough data has yet been collected by the County to determine whether successfully registered registration sites by cannabis growers who meet the conditions imposed by the urgency ordinance are associated with less crime.
KK. Calaveras County has a compelling interest in protecting the public health, safety, and welfare of its residents and businesses, in protecting the local environment and local resources, in preserving the peace and quiet of the neighborhoods in which large-scale cannabis cultivation operations may exist, and, and in providing access to cannabis for ill residents.
LL. The immunities from certain prosecution provided to qualified patients, their primary caregivers, and medical and recreational users under State law to cultivate cannabis plants does not confer the right to create or maintain a public nuisance. By adopting the regulations contained in this Chapter, the County is hoping to minimize the risks of and complaints regarding fire, odor, crime and
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pollution caused or threatened by the unregulated cultivation of cannabis in the unincorporated area of Calaveras County.
MM. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to allow the cultivation, distribution, or consumption of cannabis that is otherwise illegal under State law. No provision of this Chapter shall be deemed a defense or immunity to any action brought against any person by the County of Calaveras, Calaveras County District Attorney, the Attorney General of State of California, or the United States of America.
NN. In Browne v. County of Tehama, 213 Cal. App. 4th 704 (2013), the California Court of Appeal stated that “Neither the Compassionate Use Act nor the Medical Cannabis Program grants . . . anyone . . . an unfettered right to cultivate cannabis for medical purposes. Accordingly, the regulation of cultivation of medical cannabis does not conflict with either statute.” Similarly, in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health & Wellness Center, Inc., 56 Cal. 4th 729 (2013), the California Supreme Court concurred that “Nothing in the CUA or the MMPA expressly or impliedly limits the inherent authority of a local jurisdiction, by its own ordinances, to regulate the use of its land . . .” Additionally, in Maral v. City of Live Oak (2013), 221 Cal.App. 4th 975, 983 (review denied), the same Court of Appeal held that “there is no right—and certainly no constitutional right—to cultivate medical cannabis . . .” The Court in Live Oak affirmed the ability of a local governmental entity to prohibit the cultivation of cannabis under its land use authority.
OO. California Business and Professions Code §19315 expressly states that “nothing in this chapter shall be interpreted to supersede or limit existing local authority for law enforcement activity, enforcement of local zoning requirements or local ordinances, or enforcement of local license, permit, or other authorization requirements”.
PP. California Business and Professions Code §19316(a) expressly states, “Pursuant to Section 7 of Article XI of the California Constitution, a city, county, or city and county may adopt ordinances that establish additional standards, requirements, and regulations for local licenses and permits for commercial cannabis activity.”
QQ. California Business and Professions Code §19316(c) expressly states, “Nothing in this chapter, or any regulations promulgated thereunder, shall be deemed to limit the authority or remedies of a city, county, or city and county under any provision of law, including, but not limited to, Section 7 of Article XI of the California Constitution.
RR. California Business and Professions Code §19320(f) expressly states that “local jurisdictions retain the power to assess fees and taxes, as applicable, on facilities that are licensed pursuant to this chapter and the business activities of those licenses”.
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SS. While California Health and Safety Code §11362.777 declares cannabis cultivation an “agricultural product” for purposes of the Department of Food and Agriculture’s Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program and MCRSA, it also expressly prohibits cannabis cultivation statewide in the absence of “a license, permit, or other entitlement, specifically permitting cultivation pursuant to these provisions, from the city, county, or city and county in which the cultivation will occur”. State law regulates cannabis differently than it does other agricultural products, and it allows counties to do the same.
SECTION 3: [CEQA FINDINGS TO BE ADDED AFTER REVIEW OF DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (DEIR)]
SECTION 4: This ordinance, or a summary thereof including the vote of each Board member, shall be published within fifteen days after the date hereof in a newspaper of general circulation printed and published in the County of Calaveras, State of California, and shall become effective thirty days after the date hereof.
The foregoing ordinance was duly passed and adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Calaveras at a regular meeting thereof, held on the ___ day of __________ 2017, by the following vote:
AYES:
NOES:
ABSENT:
__________________________
Chair, Board of Supervisors
ATTEST:
DIANE SEVERUD, Clerk of the
Board of Supervisors, Calaveras County,
California
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Re: BAN
Posted on: 2017-04-21 13:10:58   By: Anonymous
 
Thank you to Mills Clapp. Oliv and Tofaneli. POS. Give back all the millions you took from the growers. None will stop growing you stupid hicks

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    Re: BAN
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 13:14:11   By: Anonymous
     
    Looks like they finally had an attorney draft something for them.
    Money well spent.

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      Re: BAN
      Posted on: 2017-04-21 17:17:34   By: Anonymous
       
      Thank you, save Calaveras!!!!

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      Re: BAN
      Posted on: 2017-04-21 18:32:51   By: Anonymous
       
      Oh but what with the Cannabis Country Cafe do now?

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        Re: BAN
        Posted on: 2017-04-21 21:19:33   By: Anonymous
         
        No es muy guapo.

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          Re: BAN
          Posted on: 2017-04-22 08:18:43   By: Anonymous
           
          Call to arms. Dist 2 Mountain ranch arm your self keep the oppressors out

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      Re: BAN
      Posted on: 2017-04-21 18:37:14   By: Anonymous
       
      Sender's in Mt Ranch is about to lose it's Gravy Train. Oh what will they do now?

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        Re: BAN
        Posted on: 2017-04-22 07:50:47   By: Anonymous
         
        Instead of the 420 lunch they advertise they will come up with a Ban Sanwich.....................get it?

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          Re: BAN
          Posted on: 2017-04-22 10:02:59   By: Anonymous
           
          They get to chew on some Humble Pie once their business goes back to only the real locals and not the Pot Farmers but they alienated so many of their long time customers it will be interesting.


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          Re: BAN
          Posted on: 2017-04-22 10:50:16   By: Anonymous
           
          Lolol

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        Re: BAN
        Posted on: 2017-04-24 07:51:07   By: Anonymous
         
        They are going to do just fine like they did before all of this!

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    Re: BAN
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 14:02:34   By: Anonymous
     
    Our bullets and torches will!

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      Re: BAN
      Posted on: 2017-04-22 06:34:43   By: Anonymous
       
      Will what? You sound like a leader of men. A man of Action, I bet you're special forces aren't you Action Jackson? Can I have your autograph, you're my hero

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    Re: BAN
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 14:03:16   By: Anonymous
     
    You are the type of hick we want out of the County.

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      Re: BAN
      Posted on: 2017-04-21 19:48:34   By: Anonymous
       
      That is no hick that is just a sickening female lower extremity blood clot posing as a local.

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    Re: BAN
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 17:57:36   By: Anonymous
     
    Wait! They are good guys. They registered. What do you mean they will keep growing?
    I hear Sacramento will allow commercial growing.
    Might consider a move there, while there is land left.

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    Re: BAN
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 18:28:39   By: Anonymous
     
    Bye commercial growers. W never wanted your kind here to begin with but the Cannabis Friendly last BOS Crew drooled over your money and ignored their voter base. You see where they are now out of office.

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      Re: BAN
      Posted on: 2017-04-24 07:59:55   By: Anonymous
       
      The last BOS was an embarrassment to this county and the long time residents here. Shame on your for your decisions that have put us in this situation!

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        Re: BAN
        Posted on: 2017-04-24 10:09:54   By: Anonymous
         
        Agree with that!!!!

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    Re: BAN
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 21:12:41   By: Anonymous
     
    Sounds like you miss Debbie Ponte and Cliff. Boo Hoo. Boo Hoo.

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    Re: BAN
    Posted on: 2017-04-22 06:56:16   By: Anonymous
     
    I am so relieved and thankful that the Supervisors are making this decision!! I was surprised that Supervisor Garamendi made the assumption that his constituents in Mountain Ranch supported the cannabis industry! That simply is not true. We live with it everyday and have been deeply concerned. Thank you to the rest of the supervisors!!!

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      Re: BAN
      Posted on: 2017-04-24 07:53:31   By: Anonymous
       
      Finally something sensible from the Board!


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    Re: BAN
    Posted on: 2017-04-22 19:38:39   By: Anonymous
     
    The Hmong invaders are gearing up people..This is what the ban will bring you. Lock up your dogs and cats. More bad people, the good ones will eventually leave, the banditos will take over the county without enforcement. Way to go BOS.

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      Re: BAN
      Posted on: 2017-04-24 19:01:25   By: Anonymous
       
      STFU. Quit with your stupid threats of mayhem.

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    Re: BAN
    Posted on: 2017-04-24 15:10:29   By: Anonymous
     
    you made your millions and can more than cover the small amount the county collected! Good bye!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-04-21 13:29:46   By: Anonymous
 
LOLs $1000 is the only deterrence people. Don't worry about permits anymore or being a good steward. Just grow more to cover the fee.

Thank you Mills, Clapp, and Tofenelli. Your actions are about to expand this industry.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 13:31:11   By: Anonymous
     
    1,000 per day that is. Point is still the same.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 17:16:41   By: Anonymous
     
    Not when we all call in every single grow site. After awhile you wont want to risk having your expensive crop hacked down by the Sheriffs. get the message now and move on

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-21 23:02:05   By: Anonymous
       
      A very nice groundhog with a crescent wrench taught me all I need to know about being a woman.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-04-21 13:36:11   By: Anonymous
 
Adopt it now as an Urgency Ordinance. You have four votes without Garamendi.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 14:07:08   By: Anonymous
     
    Yea. Why waste the time having an EIR and going to the Planning Commission. Go for it now Supervisors before the planting season starts!

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-22 08:29:20   By: Anonymous
       
      Yippee! !!!!!!!!!! We will soon be able to breath!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-04-21 14:03:05   By: Anonymous
 
Finally, sanity wins over evil.

Praise be!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 15:04:25   By: Anonymous
     
    THANK YOU SUPES!!!!!!

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-21 15:13:51   By: Anonymous
       
      This is a very happy day! You are right Supes-stay strong-, great news yes yes!!!!

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-04-21 16:46:24   By: Anonymous
         
        Watch the traffic as all the registered and illegal growers quickly and politely leave. I am sure this will take care of the problem

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-04-22 06:40:53   By: Anonymous
           
          This is good news. Now my medical marijuana will rise in price about $200 to $250 a pound, thank you, thank you, thank you.
          Unfortunately there will probably be a few multi-million dollar lawsuits over the ban which will further bankrupt our little county, while the illegal grows start springing up everywhere just like they have for the last 40 years. But don't worry, you have a few million dollars to blow on other things, and that money will be wasted in no time flat.

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2017-04-24 08:01:20   By: Anonymous
             
            Grow your own pot, you are allow 6 plants!


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Adopt It
Posted on: 2017-04-21 14:22:38   By: Anonymous
 
ATTENTION: Chairman Oliveria, Supervisor Clapp, Supervisor Tofanelli, and Supervisor Mills
You are being misled by the Planning Director and County Counsel. There was no EIR or Planning Commission involvement when the first Urgency Ordinance was passed.
Place the Ban Ordinance on the Agenda and adopt it.


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    Re: Adopt It
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 16:58:15   By: Anonymous
     
    I will be shocked in there are three votes to a pretend ban. There is no funding to enforce this. Also Clapp for sure wont last as a Supervisor. No One in Dist 5 ever does. This ban will cause more small 6 plant grows in residential areas like La Contenta and Rancho and Green Horn Creek. More neighbor conflicts and more lawlessness. Deputies will quit due to the lack of money. A reasonable thing to do was to increase the lot size and increase setback from adjacent homes. Commercial or industrial property would work as well. California has allowed Cannabis for both medical and recreational use. The ship has sailed and we will be left with no taxes and the same or more problems. Sort sided Supes but its what I've grown to expect .

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      Re: Adopt It
      Posted on: 2017-04-21 18:05:09   By: Anonymous
       
      Sorry, Greenhorn "freaks" are in the Angels City limits. They cannot grow. It can still be left up to the individual cities in Calif. to make their rules.

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      Re: Adopt It
      Posted on: 2017-04-21 20:05:01   By: Anonymous
       
      A ban is the reasonable thing to do. Please pass it soon

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-04-21 17:17:15   By: Anonymous
 
Everyone in Calaveras County should study this proposal and make sure it has what they would like it to have before it goes to the Supervisors for their vote. And make you voices heard to all the Supervisors on what you like or do not like about this proposal.
This is the chance to get this done right and to make the final rendition, as much as possible, what the majority of the residents of this county would prefer, but that will only happen if ALL of us stand up and let the supervisors know what we want

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 17:42:14   By: Anonymous
     
    If you growers are selling your grow property cheap call me at 1-800-Eat- Shi+

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-21 19:04:50   By: Anonymous
       
      Haw haw!

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-22 06:49:58   By: Anonymous
       
      You like to eat chit? You should brush your teeth more, and don't forget to use mouth wash. Um, psst, I think you have some corn stuck between your teeth.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-23 15:05:02   By: Anonymous
       
      Your property sale won't get you through your retirement years either. And if you're planning on staying put, there won't be many senior programs well-funded in the coming years. All one has to do is drive through San Andreas and beyond to see what a lack of vision and keeping things the same looks like.

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    Re: Let your position known
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 19:54:58   By: Anonymous
     
    I totally agree. It is the responsibility of each citizen to be educated about what is being proposed, at the lowest level of detail, and advise on what they like. what they don't like. what they feel is missing.

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      Re: Let your position known
      Posted on: 2017-04-21 20:51:05   By: Anonymous
       
      Our residents who care for this county have been asking for the ban. Supervisors and Planning Commissioners seem to be listening to their valid constituents. Cross all the "t"s and dot all the "i"s in this ordinance and let's be done with it and move on to a healthier youth - and hopefully adult if they can kick their habit - culture in Calaveras County.

      For those that continue to grow, there is always "Round-Up via drone delivery"....just sayin'. Thanks, Planning Commision and "pot"entially, Supes, too.

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        Re: Let your position known
        Posted on: 2017-04-22 06:46:59   By: Anonymous
         
        Really? How big is your drone Mr Idiot? ha ha ha ha what an ignorant person you are. A drone delivery, he he he you're about as bright as a black-hole. We sure have some stupid grown up here. Don't tell me, an alcoholic are you? Cause your brain must be pickled in alcohol abuse.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 20:13:19   By: Anonymous
     
    It looks good on the surface but need attorney review for loopholes before it is final. The Planning Director Mauer and County Counsel Stedfeld have always leaned to the pot grower side.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-22 10:23:05   By: Anonymous
       
      Mr.Mauer does a very good job in his position.It is a rather hard position to be in.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-04-21 17:49:55   By: Anonymous
 
*bleep* Please report we need your views!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-04-21 20:15:51   By: Anonymous
     
    What do the growers have to say about this?

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-21 21:11:21   By: Anonymous
       
      Nothing, us growers are saying nothing. Us growers are busy packing, and crying. We tried to say we were the good guys wanting money for the county so the library could stay open longer, we could have a bike path, and a park with butterflies. We tried to say the sheriff wouldn't have any money to bust growers, but they kept busting growers. We tried to show growing was good by all the fancy signs, brochures, and propaganda we spread around. We encouraged other growers on our website to get involved with the community in order to deceive you redneck hicks, but none of it worked. You saw right through our greed. Our desire for money and pot appeared to be a priority over the environment, all the bunnies and deer we killed with chemicals, and the creeks we drained to water our plants. Damn you-you hicks, you get to have your county back! We'll leave, but we're taking our money with us, along with the illegal immigrants, the crime, and the pesticides. We'll go to the next place that we can dangle the money in front of.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-04-21 21:15:24   By: Anonymous
         
        Love it!

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-04-22 10:28:47   By: Anonymous
           
          Perfectly stated

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-21 21:22:57   By: Anonymous
       
      Not going to change a thing, not like not growing last year because I couldn't pay the mordida to grow a personal crop.

      To hell with it all, State law says I can have 6, Doctors' recommendation allows me 28, so I'll not fret it this year & grow a happy medium.
      Legally.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-04-22 01:46:37   By: Anonymous
         
        Love it!! Just hope it sticks better then our votes. Get out growers or find a real job.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-04-22 05:34:58   By: Anonymous
           
          CALL it IN

          where are the dopers growing now
          Where have they illegally graded
          Where have they diverted or built in areas near free flowing streams
          Where are they processing, weighing and packaging drugs
          What license plate #'s are on their cars.

          209 754 6500 Sherriff
          209 754 6390 Code Compliance

          We all know that bad stuff is happening in our county and its up to us to stop it.


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            Re:
            Posted on: 2017-04-22 06:50:47   By: Anonymous
             
            Let's all post locations of illegal growers! If everyone calls sheriff's and code enforcement with complaints on these growers, maybe they will be stopped. We can now rid our county of these greedy jerkd! YIPPEE. ...... thank you BOS. It's just too bad Garamendi will loose his own marijuana groves! Hope he saved his money from last year's crop.

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2017-04-22 09:13:34   By: Anonymous
               
              You guy's are idiots

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2017-04-22 06:52:35   By: Anonymous
             
            I'm hanging out in front of the bars and wine tasting places. I call in their car license, make and model, get a number and when they get busted, I collect the reward money.

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2017-04-22 07:57:34   By: Anonymous
               
              If you want to see what abandoned grow sites leave behind, head down West Murray between the lookout and San Andreas. Hmong central has been abandoned and check out the messes left behind. Thats what we are in for. And my only question is who will pay for the cleanup? That is if there ever is one...................They will probably be declared sacred burial sites, as the bones of many family pets have been left on the land to bleach in the sun.

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                Re:
                Posted on: 2017-04-22 08:16:34   By: Anonymous
                 
                Let's post signs in front of all grows saying bye bye a**holes!

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                Re: Clean Up
                Posted on: 2017-04-22 12:07:15   By: Anonymous
                 
                And there is the "rest of the story" the massive clean up operations of these abandoned pot farms. Might as well just pile it all in one big pile and douse it with jet fuel and set it off in Winter. It will be cheaper in the long run.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-04-23 15:07:49   By: Anonymous
           
          Such a short-sighted, limited view. It's really an ag commodity, like any other. And perhaps you didn't notice that many long time ranchers and farmers have put in a few plants on their back 40s, too.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-23 18:26:17   By: Anonymous
       
      BBBB but, Bowerman likes the Ban Ordinance. He has stated so.

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where is the Oh Mighty Caz
Posted on: 2017-04-22 10:27:03   By: Anonymous
 
Hmmmm,looks like Caz has left the county.In my opinion I think he goes around to counties and starts the Pro Pot groups then gets lots of cash and then when it becomes banned or strictly regulated he moves on to another county and another.Leaving the growers to pick up the mess.

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    Re: where is the Oh Mighty Caz
    Posted on: 2017-04-22 12:04:16   By: Anonymous
     
    Their Facebook Group was Open but now it is set to Closed. No there are not people who would do as you say are there? Just about like those Disability Lawyers going around suing Cities over non ADA Compliance and going city to city cashing in. Scum of the Earth is all they are.

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    Re: where is the Oh Mighty Caz
    Posted on: 2017-04-22 17:13:51   By: Anonymous
     
    Now they have taken their group underground in social media? Interesting. Why would a so called public minded group go underground as soon as this draft was presented? So much for openness in public relations. Let's all hope the local law enforcement and the dea already have their roots deep in the organization to ferret out these soon to be illegal growers.

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    Re: where is the Oh Mighty Caz
    Posted on: 2017-04-24 10:07:07   By: Anonymous
     
    He knew what was coming, left the dealers in a lurch!

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Garamendi
Posted on: 2017-04-22 12:57:35   By: Anonymous
 
I truly believe he needs to resign. He doesn't listen to the people. He's pulled all his hair out trying to keep marijuana in our county. Lol... ha ha..... pulled his hair out!!!! Get it! He really needs to step down.

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    Re: CAZ CCA
    Posted on: 2017-04-23 08:56:13   By: Anonymous
     
    For all you people who are just to focused on the entire mess, let me inform you. CAZ is an agent and the next move will be the IRS. He is long gone and all his decisions were to get the county to have all grower information so they can come back, lien all for back taxes. You all are in big trouble but are to stoned to realize

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      Re: CAZ CCA
      Posted on: 2017-04-23 12:39:08   By: Anonymous
       
      Too stoned to realize, go back to yes to Grammer school.

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    Re: Garamendi
    Posted on: 2017-04-23 11:23:11   By: Anonymous
     
    Oh yeah that way our board will be entirely complete with white old racist ass clowns. Take a step forward and thousands of steps back. Look at Tuolumne and they're Nazi laws, pure anti marijuana but turns a blind eye on the real problems. Now it's filled with crime tweakers junkies alcoholics and sex offenders, more criminal activity than ever before. All you've got to do is compare the two, so keep looking through dirty glass. Stupid white trash, self inflicted retardation anyone? I have one question for you people why stay in california? If you don't like the change move? Instead of crying like little babies. Just leave, it's that simple.

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    Re: Garamendi
    Posted on: 2017-04-24 07:57:04   By: Anonymous
     
    Boo on Garamendi!


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      Re: Garamendi
      Posted on: 2017-04-24 09:57:12   By: Anonymous
       
      Your intelligence shines brightly! Boo on you..duh. some more self inflicted retardation from all that meth backwoods idiot. Don't feed the trolls!

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Shame on the Board of Supervisors
Posted on: 2017-04-23 08:52:28   By: Anonymous
 
This will cost us millions that we do not have. I hope all of you Pro Ban folks understand what you are asking for. This will become the wild west the next step will be raising our taxes to fund this debacle that was created by rushing in the first place. I completely agree it is a mess but a ban now is not the answer. SMH and no I am not a grower.

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    Re: Shame on the Board of Supervisors
    Posted on: 2017-04-23 11:41:11   By: Anonymous
     
    A board panel made of fascism, white power and very old minus one progressive that gets bullied. Kind of like elementary school, pick on the fat kid and the I know you are but what am I mentality. The pictures of these clowns make me sick, all old white men looks like 1970. Shame on the people of calaveras for allowing and giving votes to these grease balls. Dennis mills,is of the worst kind. I personally know he allowed a marijuana task force during a raid in the 90's put a loaded gun to a 13 year old boys head whom had nothing to do with this grow. This is the man in charge, that is the kind of man he is. Putting a loaded weapon to a child's head, just some info on beloved dennis creepy mills. Scum, and anyone that voted for him should feel disgusted by themselves. The truth needs to come out about this white old bastard!

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      Re: Shame on the Board of Supervisors
      Posted on: 2017-04-24 08:44:53   By: Anonymous
       
      Amen to that

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-04-23 15:02:20   By: Anonymous
 
Another missed opportunity for Calaveras County. First it was no growth and now it's no pot. And why our seat of county government - San Andreas - looks like the depressed hamlet it is today. Just remember that when you want to keep things the same as they ever were, we will be hard-pressed to fund law enforcement, the growing budget shortfalls in our schools and the public assistance programs on which so many of our residents depend.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-04-24 08:40:46   By: Anonymous
     
    We will rise above our problems without your crime- ridden crop. Find other positive, healthy ways to lift this County we love.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-24 10:09:43   By: Anonymous
       
      And how shall we rise? Healthy and positive reasoning does nothing economical for our broke ass towns. I assume you are just another non local with dreams of living in the quiet county towns. But it's never been quiet, peaceful or any of these thing you idiots claim. Meth alcoholism prescription drugs is what's always fueled calaveras county yet no one raised voices until now. What a shame how easy it's been for the older generations, yuppies and flat landers to turn blind eyes on the children. But dear god these plants will be the death of us all, the kids the kids! How do you sleep at night? So please tell me this plan of yours?

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-24 10:10:41   By: Anonymous
       
      When will the BOS vote, I need to know if I should cancel my next appointment related to suing the county?

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-04-24 10:11:36   By: Anonymous
         
        I mean suing them for letter this crap go on, this industry needs to go!

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-04-24 20:06:57   By: Anonymous
           
          If the ban doesn't pass, us non-growers have a lawsuit ready to go. No one likes you here except other growers and those loser contractors around here taking your drug money. Bye bye. Our lives mean more than your bs crops of drugs. You are just pissed that you have Supervisors that don't buy into your drug slinging lifestyle that you have pushed on everyone around here. Take your campers and bongs and GTFO. If we want to visit you, we will see you in Humbolt.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-24 11:01:50   By: Anonymous
       
      where are you getting any tax money to run your county?

      auto dealer ? nope
      new stores? nope
      commercial manufacturing ? nope

      shoulda chose the dope



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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-04-24 15:13:42   By: Anonymous
         
        when does the BOS vote on this? Do not allow them to finish growing their crop (crap) this year!.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-04-25 17:14:10   By: Anonymous
           
          Don't worry about this crop. The ban will be in court for years and years!

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-25 20:11:40   By: Anonymous
       
      Right? We will be able to enjoy our lives and property again. Not be prisoners of the grow season.

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