Marijuana grows in Nevada Co., Tahoe Placer supe race highlight primary
Primary election information
Officials are expected to begin mailing sample ballots for both counties in late April and early May; the final day to register to vote in the election is May 23.
The early voting prior for the June 7 primary will begin May 9. Polling places for early voting in both Nevada and Placer counties — as well as on primary election day — will be published this spring.
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The stage is set for the June 7 primary election in California, and there are two key items — one race and one ballot measure — that should be of particular interest to Tahoe-Truckee voters.
According to the Placer County elections division, Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery (who’s represented the Tahoe area of the county in district No. 5 since first being elected in 2008 and again in 2012) will seek a third consecutive term.
Montgomery, who’s lived in the Soda Springs/Serene Lakes area of Donner Summit since 1991, is a former volunteer with the Donner Summit Fire Department.
Most recently, she has owned her own business for nearly a decade, and before that she worked for 10 years at Sugar Bowl, worked at the Sierra Business Council in Truckee and worked as a seasonal employee for the California Department of Agriculture, among other jobs.
Montgomery, a Democrat, will be challenged by Auburn resident Michael Babich, who put in papers for the seat prior to the March 11 filing deadline.
Babich, a Republican, is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, is co-founder of a start-up biotechnology company and holds faculty appointments at the University of California, Davis and Sierra College, according to the Auburn Journal.
From a political standpoint, he ran unsuccessfully in 2010 against Tom McClintock for his California 4th congressional district seat.
Seat No. 5 on the Placer County Board of Supervisors covers the city of Auburn, as well as the Donner Summit-Tahoe area of the county, including communities in between.
IN NEVADA COUNTY, ‘W’ IS FOR WEED
In Nevada County, Truckee’s representative on the board of supervisors, former Truckee Mayor Richard Anderson, will run unopposed for the District No. 5 seat, as no one filed papers to challenge him by last week’s extended deadline.
The big ticket item for Truckee voters, however, is the controversial Measure W question on the June 7 ballot.
The measure stems from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors’ Jan. 12 vote implementing an immediate outdoor grow ban on medical marijuana and limiting indoor grows to 12 plants.
On that day, supervisors also put Measure W on the June 7 ballot. Last week, after a series of legal challenges from measure opponents, a Nevada County judge ruled it will stay on the ballot unchanged.
A “Yes” vote would augment the existing supervisor-imposed ban with one implemented by voters. A “No” vote would reject Measure W, though the supervisor ban would still be in place.
Supervisors have reportedly said they’d repeal their ban if residents vote down Measure W.
The question reads as follows: “Shall an ordinance be adopted which (a) bans outdoor cultivation, commercial cultivation and other commercial cannabis activities, (b) limits indoor cultivation to 12 plants per parcel in residential and rural areas, (c) prohibits indoor marijuana cultivation in unpermitted structures and areas used for intended for human occupancy, and (d) allows marijuana cultivation only by qualified patients and primary caregivers and only for medical purposes?”
Proponents say Measure W would ensure qualified medical marijuana patients have access to the medicine they need while giving authorities the ability to immediately stop outdoor grows.
Alternatively, opponents say the measure rejects California’s new regulatory framework for cultivation, forcing legitimate growers indoors and creating fire, chemical and electrical hazards.
Information from The Union newspaper in Grass Valley and Nevada City was used for this report.
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