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Sonora, CA — Several items will face the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

At 1:30pm the Supervisors will talk about adding a new chapter to the county ordinance code that would prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries, medical marijuana collectives and outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana. It would also place regulations on indoor cultivation of medical marijuana. The Supervisors will decide whether to send the marijuana proposal to the Planning Commission for a review and recommendation. County documents show that a working group was coordinated by County Counsel Sarah Carrillo to prepare the ordinance. Members included Deputy County Counsel Carlyn Drivdahl, District Attorney Michael Knowles, Health Officer Dr. Todd Stolp, Under-Sheriff Bill Pooley, former Under-Sheriff Keith Lunney, and CRA Director Bev Shane.

Also on the agenda is whether to extend the contract with County Administrator Craig Pedro by five years. It would begin with a base salary of $135K and a $450 a month automobile allowance. The salary could go up to $161K when factoring in a retention incentive and leave coversion.

The County will also decide whether to send a letter to the U.S. Forest Service regarding the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Rim Fire Recovery. In addition, the Board will talk about the Ackerson Creek Crossing Replacement project.