Election 2016: Truckee, Nevada Co. voters reject marijuana Measure W | SierraSun.com

Election 2016: Truckee, Nevada Co. voters reject marijuana Measure W

NEVADA CITY, Calif. — Measure W, the contentious outdoor marijuana ban initiative that dominated this election, appears headed for defeat.

The measure was losing 15,845 to 11,585 votes, or 57.77 to 42.23 percent, with 80 of 80 precincts reporting as of 11:29 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Nevada County Elections Office's unofficial June 7 primary election results.

According to the county, 27,852 out of a possible 66,178 voters (42 percent) cast ballots.

"It's unbelievable," said Jonathan Collier, chairman of the Nevada County California Growers Association. "It's really amazing. This creates the opportunity that we've been hoping for."

Forrest Hurd, the father of a boy with intractable epilepsy who Hurd says is helped by medical cannabis, praised the vote.

"Now we can move forward, protecting our land, protecting our rivers," Hurd said.

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Similar to Placer County, results are not yet official, because California law allows 30 days after the election to complete the ballot tally and official audit of the election, collectively known as the "canvass," meaning there may be lingering absentee or other votes to count.

Measure W, if passed, would have implemented a voter approved outdoor medical marijuana grow ban and limited indoor grows to 12 plants. It would have restricted growers to qualified patients or their caregivers, and prohibited all commercial marijuana activity.

Supervisor Dan Miller, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, is a strong supporter of Measure W.

"If W does fail, we're obligated and we've already told people we'll lift the ban after the vote is certified," Miller said.

"They ran a very aggressive, organized campaign," Miller said of W's opponents.

Measure W became the top issue for many voters across Nevada County. Opponents of the ban crowded into the Board of Supervisors' chambers on Jan. 12, when supervisors implemented the existing ban and put Measure W on the ballot.

Opponents again filled chambers when supervisors passed a resolution of intent that states they'd rescind their ban if Measure W failed and work with stakeholders on creating new grow regulations.

The measure also led Hurd to challenge the ballot initiative in court. He succeeded in forcing the county to rewrite its impartial analysis of the measure, though the initiative remained on the ballot.

Money began pouring into political committees on both sides of the issue, leading to advertisements and signs across the county. Complaints of sign theft quickly became common on social media sites like Facebook. Some people began posting photos, alleging they caught a thief in the act.

More online

Visit https://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/elections/Pages/June-7,-2016,-Election-Results.aspx to view all the unofficial results Tuesday night from Nevada County.