South Tahoe city council tweaks medical pot ordinance |

South Tahoe city council tweaks medical pot ordinance

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The latest incarnation of the South Lake Tahoe City Council got its first look at a proposed medical marijuana cultivation ordinance Tuesday, but certainly not its last.

After several hours of discussion, the council directed city legal staff to make a variety of additions to the latest proposal to regulate medical marijuana grows in South Lake Tahoe homes.

The ordinance has been in development for almost a year and has not been discussed by the council since October. New council members Claire Fortier, Tom Davis and Angela Swanson were seated in December following a campaign were medical marijuana was a major theme.

The current proposal would bar outdoor growing and limit indoor growing to 10 percent of a home’s living area.

Every marijuana grow, regardless of size, would need to be permitted through the city under the ordinance. Unpermitted grows and permitted grows that are out of compliance would face stiff fines.

The grows would also be subject to regular inspections by city officials under the proposed ordinance, which is expected to be in front of the council again at its May 3 meeting.

Final approval of the ordinance could happen May 17 at the earliest.

Medical marijuana growers would be expected to come into compliance with the ordinance no later than Dec. 19.

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