On Tuesday the Fresno County, CA Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to enact a preliminary ban on all marijuana growing within the county, despite cannabis being legal for medical purposes under California Proposition 215, passed by voters in 1996.
In approving the ban, supervisors cited what they referred to as the public nuisance of marijuana grows and the dangers surrounding grows as robbery targets. Medical marijuana patients were outraged by the decision, especially since many of them had attested to the fact that they needed their chosen medicine. One supervisor responded to such pleas by pointing out that there are prescription drugs available for many ailments.
The board had two options before it, a total ban and an outdoor growing ban; they chose the total ban, expressing worry that growers would put up a tent and call it an indoor grow. The board will reconvene on January 7th for the final vote on the growing ban.
If enacted, the ordinance will take effect in February and those caught growing marijuana will be charged with a misdemeanor and fined $1,000 per plant, along with an extra $100 per plant per day if plants are kept past the designated removal date.