Cover It Live recap: Medical pot vote from Placer supervisors
TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212; After two months of debate, the Placer County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday on the future of medical marijuana distribution in the county.County staff is recommending supervisors approve a zoning text amendment to define and disallow all medical marijuana distribution in the county.Placer County Planning Agency Director Michael Johnson said the county’s zoning regulations do not regulate or define land use for medical marijuana distribution, hence the recommendation.andamp;#8220;Dispensaries are not identified as a defined land use, and so by default they are not permitted,andamp;#8221; Johnson said in an earlier interview.
The county planning commission voted 5-1 on Jan. 28 in favor of the amendments, with commissioner Mickey Gray being the sole voter against.On February 11, the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council unanimously voted to not support the ban. Since then, Jennifer Dzakowic, a planning department senior planner, has presented the county’s stance before the county’s other advisory councils. Four eastern councils andamp;#8212; including North Tahoe and the Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Council on March 25 andamp;#8212; have voted against the amendments, while two western MACs have voted in support. The county’s other councils declining to hear the issue; the last council, Foresthill (an eastern MAC), will review it April 5.According to previous reports, the planning commission has cited a California Police Chief Association report that medicinal marijuana dispensaries cause crime as its main reason for the ban. Dzakowic stood by the report this week.andamp;#8220;We believe dispensaries, collectives and cooperative, create impacts including increase in illegal drug use, illegal drug sales, robberies and home invasions,andamp;#8221; Dzakowic said. andamp;#8220;Basically, medical marijuana distribution would negatively impact the general health, safety and welfare of the community.andamp;#8221;Tahoe locals Anthony Mollins and Adrianne Bennett, president and vice president, respectively, of Tahoe Herbal Care andamp;#8212; a marijuana collective and delivery service based in Truckee andamp;#8212; plan to attend Tuesday’s hearing.andamp;#8220;I understand them wanting to ban dispensaries, but banning collectives and cooperatives is going against the state’s constitution,andamp;#8221; Bennett said. andamp;#8220;Dispensaries are a gray issue, but collectives and cooperatives are not.andamp;#8221;Bennett said she and Mollins will urge the board to reject the ban so the county can have time to create regulations for medical marijuana.