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Tuolumne County Planning Commission To Debate Ban On Marijuana Sales

Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Planning Commission will review a proposed ordinance next week that would ban the commercial sale of marijuana in the unincorporated areas of the county.

The action comes following the passage of Proposition 64, which legalizes the use of recreational marijuana in California, and the ability to grow up to six personal plants. Tuolumne County’s ordinance would make it illegal to grow marijuana that is not for personal use, and outlaw the sale of marijuana from one person to another.

The commission will give a recommendation on the ordinance, and the Board of Supervisors will have the final say at a future meeting.

The ordinance is considered to be at the least a short-term solution. The supervisors are creating a marijuana working group to review a broad range of issues related to cannabis, and that group could bring forward more long-term solutions at a later time. The Supervisors indicated at a recent meeting they at least want to have an interim plan in place while more information is being collected and reviewed.

The ban would only impact the unincorporated areas of the county as the City of Sonora is in charge of rules in regulations in its jurisdiction. The city has not yet taken up any legislation to this point following the passage of Proposition 64.