Growing Their Own in Sebastopol
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Growing Their Own in Sebastopol
Posted by CN Staff on November 12, 2010 at 05:37:41 PT
By Bob Norberg,  The Press Democrat
Source: Press Democrat
California -- Sebastopol wants to regulate the way medical marijuana patients grow their own, requiring modestly-sized pot gardens within secure buildings or outside with high walls and locked gates.“If we didn’t do any of this, we run the risk of excessive cultivation that could be done, and maybe has been done, in a way that threatens the public safety,” said Vice Mayor Guy Wilson. “It takes place anyway. ... We are responding to that reality and not pretending it is not there.”
Sebastopol would be the first Sonoma County city with a cultivation ordinance, which the City Council will consider Tuesday night.“The reason it is happening in Sebastopol is there are a lot of medical marijuana advocates,” said Wilson, a member of the council committee that drew up the ordinance. “This is a fairly progressive community.”When voters approved Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, it set up very general provisions under which medicinal marijuana may be cultivated, prescribed, dispensed and used.“There are no clear standards on how much and under which conditions,” said Kenyon Webster, Sebastopol planning director. “The city is concerned about community safety and having appropriate limits on what is reasonable on the patient’s side, but without creating a major concern in terms of public safety.”Under the proposed Sebastopol ordinance, medical marijuana patients and care-givers are allowed to grow marijuana on a 100-square-foot plot, either inside a hothouse, in a home or in an outside area with a six-foot high solid fence with locked gates.It also allows dispensaries and medical marijuana patients to set up cooperative gardens of up to 750 square feet for non-retail purposes.The proposed ordinance is being praised by medical marijuana advocates.“The city is being pro-active,” said Robert Jacob, executive director of Peace in Medicine Healing Center, a Sebastopol medical marijuana dispensary. “It creates a process to tell their citizens to do this well, instead of not telling them anything and then treating them like criminals.”Peace in Medicine is Sebastopol’s only dispensary and has a permit to open a second.Wilson said Sebastopol police would react to neighbor complaints, but would not be out looking over fences for violators.Police Chief Jeff Weaver said there have been three burglaries, but no robberies or serious problems related to marijuana. Even so, he remains concerned about public safety.“Any time you have something of value, which marijuana is, the more there is of it, the more likely someone will try to take it,” Weaver said. “Any increase in cultivation is a concern to me.”Source: Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)Author: Bob Norberg,  The Press DemocratPublished: November 11, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Press DemocratContact: letters pressdemo.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by dongenero on November 12, 2010 at 13:03:19 PT
LA Council - where is your head at?
They basically declare war on these businesses and then seem befuddled when all the dispensaries have had management change.You can cause chaos while saying you are for stability, but in the end you'll get what you really worked for, chaos.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 12, 2010 at 13:00:35 PT
21 Apply To Sell Medical Marijuana in RI
November 12, 2010Providence, R.I. -- Twenty one candidates have filed applications to open medical-marijuana compassion centers in Rhode Island.The deadline for the new round of applications was noon Friday. Annemarie Beardsworth, spokeswoman for the Health Department, said she did not know whether the 15 former applicants who were previously rejected had re-filed.She said that it will take "a matter of weeks" for the department to review the new applications for completeness "to make sure everything we asked for was included in the application." Once an application is deemed complete, she said, it will be posted on-line for public inspection on the Department of Health's website.The 21 new applicants are each vying to become one of up to three medical-marijuana compassion centers the state has agreed to open to serve the 2,156 chronically ill and pain-debilitated patients currently registered in the program.Currently, the state also licenses 1,753 caregivers who are each allowed to grow up to 24 plants (or a maximum of 12 plants per patient.)URL:
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 12, 2010 at 11:09:36 PT
LA Council Weighs Allowing 140 Pot Shops To Reopen
Friday, November 12, 2010The Los Angeles City Council is again considering a measure that would allow 140 medical marijuana dispensaries to reopen in the city.The council on Friday may vote on an amendment to scale back the long-debated medical marijuana ordinance that passed earlier this year.The ordinance allowed 180 dispensaries that had registered with the city before a 2007 moratorium to stay open. However, 140 of them were disqualified because they had management changes over the past three years.Under the proposed amendment, dispensaries could reopen if they have at least one primary owner or manager from the initial registration.If approved, the city clerk will review all registrations to determine those that qualify under the new amendment.Copyright: 2010 Associated Press
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on November 12, 2010 at 08:30:10 PT
The New America
Just imagine how people would have reacted at any time from 1630 to 1900 to the government telling people how to grow the plants in their garden.Not farms, individual gardens. Crazy, it's absolutely crazy."I'm sorry, your plant is offending me. Please cut it down". This can only end badly IMO.I see that the Fed has printed a few more hundreds of billions of dollars off - they're now $3 Trillion in the hole. What a great thing to hand off to the next generation. Here ya go....I ran up a 3 trillion dollar tab and closed all the factories. good luck kid!
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