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Medical marijuana: Placer Co. seeks input on regulation

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Placer County will host town hall meetings in March — neither at Lake Tahoe — to seek input on medical marijuana sales and cultivation in unincorporated areas of the county.

The meetings are set for March 9 in North Auburn and March 16 in Rocklin, the county announced this week.

The county board of supervisors voted in December 2015 OK'd a measure to regulate medical marijuana within unincorporated areas of the county, directing staff to develop regulations for future talks.

On Oct. 9, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. The act, effective Jan. 1, consists of three separate bills that cumulatively regulate medical cannabis dispensaries, delivery services and cultivation.

The bill known as AB 266 is the core of the new law. It requires dispensaries and delivery services to secure not only state permits, but local permits as well — approval must be obtained by Jan. 1, 2018.

Previously, dating back to when medical marijuana was first legalized in 1996, only state approval was needed.

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However, AB 243, which is specific to cultivation, set a deadline of March 1, 2016, for local jurisdictions to have land use regulations or ordinances regulating or prohibiting the cultivation of marijuana, or the state becomes the sole licensing authority.

Thus, the Placer supes voted last December to regulate medical marijuana.

According to the county, town hall attendees in March can offer suggestions on regulation and ask questions about the county's approach.

The March 9 meeting is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Placer County Board of Supervisors Chambers at 175 Fulweiler Ave.

The March 16 will be at the same time at the Rocklin Event Center at 2650 Sunset Blvd.

Residents can visit placer.ca.gov/medicalmarijuana for detailed information.