Nevada County Has Cultivation Ordinance – Effective NOW

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Despite strong support from their constituents to continue receiving input from the Stakeholder's group, The Board of Supervisors passed an Urgency Cultivation Ordinance that will make literally every medical marijuana garden in Nevada County out of compliance - effective immediately.  Collectives that have operated for the past ten years without a complaint are now subject to abatement and fines.

Passing an Urgency Ordinance is an underhanded way to stifle the voice of the people.  Because it is considered an emergency situation, the ordinance can not be amended or changed, nor can the people file a referendum to challenge the contents of the act.  By playing "Beat the Clock" they have also effectively removed the option of filing our own initiative before the deadline in June to qualify for the November ballot.

The next opportunity to file an initiative would not happen for two years when the next regularly scheduled elections occur.  Aa special election can be held anytime, but it requires twice as many signatures to qualify and it will cost the County a minimum of $50,000 and as much as $100,000 to hold an off schedule election.

Filing a TRO (temporary restraining order) is our best recourse at this time.  Attorney Jeff Lake has been retained by ASA - NC to represent their members and we are prepared to take this to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Patricia Smith will be on KVMR from 12 - 1 tomorrow (Wednesday) and will announce the next ASA meeting date, time and location.  Jeff Lake will be calling in by phone to talk about what the future season holds for cultivators.