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Commission Recommends Review Of Marijuana Ordinance

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Sonora, CA — Several people spoke out against Tuolumne County’s proposed medical marijuana ordinance.

The Tuolumne County Planning Commission held a public hearing last night on a proposal to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries, collectives and outdoor cultivation. It would also place restrictions on the indoor cultivation of medicinal marijuana.

Tuolumne County Community Resources Agency Director Bev Shane says, “During the commission’s hearing there were many people who spoke in opposition to the ordinance, and there were suggestions made by the speakers that there should be more input from the medical marijuana patients themselves. After closing the public hearing, the Planning Commission deliberated and ultimately voted to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that the ordinance be referred to a committee, or task force, comprised of law enforcement and county staff, but also people from the community that are medical marijuana patients.”

The vote was 6-1, with Commissioner Jerry Morrow opposed. At the meeting, 24 people spoke against the regulations, and no one spoke in favor.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing on the ordinance on Tuesday, February 4 at 1:30pm. The Board could decide to approve the ordinance as its currently written, vote against, or take the commission’s recommendation to refer the ordinance to a new committee for additional review.