New medical marijuana initiative to go before Board of Supervisors

Oroville >> A new medical marijuana initiative seeking to replace current Butte County marijuana laws with new regulations has gained enough signatures to move forward to the Butte County Board of Supervisors.

Proponents for the Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Commerce Measure gathered nearly 12,000 signatures on petitions. The Butte County Clerk-Recorder’s Office verified 6,177 signatures, the number required for such an initiative to move forward, on July 11.

The measure’s proponents seek to repeal the county’s current marijuana laws, Chapter 34A of the Butte County code, and establish new regulations. The measure will be addressed at the next board of supervisors meeting July 26, where supervisors will have the option to adopt the measure, or put it before voters in November or in a special election.

Proponents of the measure, Jessica MacKenzie and Brian Maguire, seek to put in place new regulations to regulate the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution, transportation and storage of medical cannabis in Butte County, and amend the county code that prohibits dispensaries.

The measure would establish specific land use requirements for the cultivation of medical cannabis and related commercial activities in existing zoning districts, and would require permits for all commercial cannabis activities.

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