Marijuana Initiative To Go On June Ballot; County Departments Weigh In
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Marijuana Initiative To Go On June Ballot; County Departments Weigh In

The Lake County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to place a proposed marijuana cultivation initiative on the ballot this June rather than adopt it as a county ordinance, as board members pointed out that the document needed changes that they would have no latitude to make.

Because the Lake County Medical Marijuana Cultivation Act of 2012 has followed the initiative process, the board – and even the initiative’s proponents – cannot make changes to the document now, but would need to go out to the voters every time modifications were necessary.

Registrar of Voters Diane Fridley told the board it costs $12,000 just to consolidate such votes into other elections.

County department heads also pointed out in their reports and at the meeting that the initiative conflicts with county laws, and contains a clause that would allow it to override existing county regulations.

The proposed initiative allows qualified patients, primary caregivers, collectives and dispensaries to grow up to 12 plants on parcels of a half-acre or less or 24 plants on a half acre or more in residential districts, and up to 84 plans on parcels seven acres or more.

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