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BOS To Introduce New Personal Grow Ordinance
Written by Matt Vaughn   
Monday, 23 October 2017
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors are scheduled for the first reading of the revised outdoor medical marijuana personal growing Ordinance 5067 Tuesday, the 24th, 9:15 AM at the Board Meeting Room, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville. The proposed ordinance shifts enforcement from the sheriff's "Wild West" selective "compliance checks" raid style enforcement that entailed arresting all suspects and letting the District Attorney and the courts sort out affirmative defenses into a complaint driven civil code enforcement from the El Dorado County Code Enforcement Unit. Ordinance 5067 will add objective odor detection rules as a new code enforcement tool and will add personal grow registration that will help the department to sort out known compliant grows from non-compliant/commercial grows. Registration gives the County an opportunity to educate those patients that choose to grow in compliance with ordinance code. Fees have yet to be determined but with assurances that it will be nominal. There is no absolute requirement to register, but if a grow generates a complaint, they will be allowed to register and come into compliance with no penalty. There will not be compliance checks without a complaint. Law enforcement will be tasked with sorting out commercial grows. Medical marijuana cannot be grown for sale in El Dorado County and is still a crime. The new ordinance will limit collectives to five patients with reasonable remuneration for costs. Larger collectives will be considered commercial businesses with yet to be determined standing [see the Press Release article]. El Dorado County Ordinance Code does not explicitly allow any indoor growing due to its "permissive" (read "Mother may I?") nature so indoor growing of any kind, adult or medical, is still illegal.
Last Updated ( Monday, 23 October 2017 )