LIVE COVERAGE: Placer County medical pot business vote in Tahoe
February 11, 2010
TAHOE CITY, Calif. – A Thursday vote could be the first step in banning the establishment of medical marijuana collectives, dispensaries and cooperatives throughout Placer County.
The North Tahoe Regional Advisory Committee on Thursday will review zoning amendments aimed at defining and disallowing all types of medical marijuana business operations throughout the county. According to the committee’s meeting agenda, the vote is to recommend the amendments to the Placer County Board of Supervisors for future approval.
Jennifer J. Dzakowic, a senior county planner, said the planning department has received a few business inquiries to produce or distribute marijuana for medical purposes, leading the planning commission to seek clarification of zoning regulations against potential medical marijuana businesses in Placer County.
“We don’t have anything that defines this type of land use, and we want to make that crystal clear in our zoning ordinances,” Dzakowic said.
According to the proposal, two factors behind the decision to ban medical marijuana facilities is a recommendation from the California Police Chiefs Association asserting the facilities will generate more crime and the county’s desire to be in line with federal law which states marijuana use and distribution is illegal in all uses.
Dzakowic emphasized if the proposed amendments were adopted, the county would still allow medical marijuana use by licensed users under Proposition 215 also known as the Compassionate Use Act. The act, adopted in 1996, allows those suffering from illnesses such as AIDS, cancer and other infirmities where marijuana provides relief to use the drug with doctor’s prescription.
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The North Tahoe Regional Advisory Committee acts as an advisory council to the Placer County Board of Supervisors on matters specifically referred to it by the board for review and recommendation.