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Political action committee launches referendum on marijuana cultivation ordinance

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LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – An effort to stop the Board of Supervisors' recently passed marijuana cultivation ordinance is under way, with signature gathering now taking place for a referendum.

A newly formed political action committee called Community Alliance to Ban Illegal Cannabis Cultivation, or CABICC, held a meeting about the ordinance this past weekend, as Lake County News has reported.

One of the group's organizers, Michael Horner, said in an email message to Lake County News that the referendum was presented at the meeting.

The group opposes the new marijuana cultivation ordinance accepted unanimously by the Board of Supervisors at its Dec. 17 meeting.

The ordinance goes into effect on Jan. 16 and applies only to the unincorporated areas of the county.

It bans outdoor cultivation in community growth boundaries; limits indoor grows to 100 square feet or less; keeps outdoor cultivation 1,000 feet from schools, parks or other facilities serving children; and 100 feet from water bodie; offers quicker abatement and makes the Lake County Sheriff's Office responsible for enforcement.

CABICC is part of the Emerald Unity Coalition, which includes the United Food and Commercial Workers, CANORML, Americans for Safe Access, Patients Rights Coalition, Emerald Growers and California Cannabis Industry Association, according to Horner.

It has filed for committee status with the state, according to the California Secretary of State's campaign finance Web site.

The group announced on its Facebook page Monday that signature gathering for a referendum has begun, with both professional signature gatherers and volunteers being employed in the effort.

Lake County Registrar of Voters Diane Fridley said the group doesn't need to get preapproval from her office before gathering signatures, but it does have to use a regular petition format.

She said they must collect approximately 2,115 signatures – 10 percent of the entire votes cast in Lake County for all candidates for governor in the November 2010 election – by Jan. 15, the day before the ordinance's effective date.

“Once it's effective, too late, they’d have to go through the initiative process,” Fridley said.

According to a calendar of key dates Fridley provided to Lake County News, her staff will have until Feb. 28 to determine if there is the required number of valid signatures, with Fridley required to certify the petition and present it to the Board of Supervisors early in March.

At that point the board can choose to withdraw the ordinance or submit the referendum to the voters for the June 3 primary election.

Previous ordinances instituted by the Board of Supervisors to govern medical marijuana cultivation and dispensaries – passed in August and October 2011, respectively – have been challenged by referenda.

The board rescinded the dispensaries ordinance in October 2011 and directed county staff to enforce the zoning ordinance, which currently contains no provisions allowing for dispensaries. That led to all dispensaries in the unincorporated county being shuttered.

In addition, the supervisors rescinded their previous cultivation ordinance in January 2012, with the Measure D initiative written by marijuana advocates defeated by a two-to-one margin in the June 2012 election.

The following month, the board approved the first reading of its interim urgency marijuana cultivation ordinance, which currently remains in effect.

The Lake County Citizens for Responsible Regulations and Lake County Green Farmers Association, which led the referendum effort against the previous cultivation ordinance and put forward Measure D, are listed as members of Community Alliance to Ban Illegal Cannabis Cultivation.

While the Board of Supervisors' response to past referenda has been to withdraw the challenged ordinances, comments by board members at the Dec. 17 meeting revealed that they expected the document to be challenged and were prepared to let the new ordinance stand.

Email Elizabeth Larson at [email protected] . Follow her on Twitter, @ERLarson, or Lake County News, @LakeCoNews.

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BlackMagic
THANK YOU BOS...
written by BlackMagic, December 24, 2013
...for inacting a great ordinance.
I for one don't want to be associated with Pot
Or the crime it brings,
and yes I'm a Cancer survivor!
Just too bad the ordinance doesn't include Clesrlake.
I can only hope the Clesrlake City Council will
Follow the county's lead. What's even MORE
Upsetting is Jeri Spittler (who was REMOVED
as Clearlake Mayor back in August),
wants to run for the BOS,
and supports weed.
truth1318
curious
written by truth1318, December 24, 2013
when i first read the ordinance i wondered who would stand to profit from it. within a week a drove down kelsey creek dr and noticed a bunch of ag zoned parcels that were not for sale, now all have new for sale signs on at least 6 different parcels. this seems to have been planned a long time ago. so all these people who i'm sure are friends with rob brown or one of the other cronies were givin the heads up so they could profit from selling parts of their land. it's also curious that this whole time we have been told by the b.o.s. that weed is not a ag product, but now you can only grow on ag land. hmmm
could they be expecting it to be legalized like colorado? isn't that what the bos said durring their meeting that they wrote the ordinance with that in mind? so now they are trying to off their ag land before it gets legalized. so this is just another scam by the bos to try and profit from a buisness that they say they are against. hipicrits every one of them.
all who can need to sign these petitions and put a stop to the corrupt public officials who are trying to destroy our rights as free citizens to do what we as voters approved with prop 215.
i'll see all of you out there.
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