On January 10, 2018 the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance banning commercial cannabis cultivation and other cannabis license types, with the exception of dispensaries which are regulated under a separate ordinance, Chapter 17.91. The ordinance will become effective on February 9, 2018. Commercial cultivators who successfully registered under the urgency ordinance adopted on May 10, 2016 or are still operating under an "application pending" status will have 90 days from the effective date of the ordinance to come into compliance with the ban.
Ban Ordinance Adopted January 10, 2018
ALL COMMERCIAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION & COMMERCE PROHIBITED; RECREATIONAL AND MEDICAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION PROHIBITED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED UNDER STATE LAW; REASONABLE REGULATION OF RECREATIONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL MEDICAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION.
The people of Calaveras County recognize that the County needs to ban commercial cultivation of marijuana.
This commercial industry has moved into our communities, neighborhoods and County turning residential property zones into commercial marijuana cultivation zones. Many of these commercial grows are being protected with firearms, guard dogs and thugs. Commercial marijuana cultivation is presently causing environmental damage in Calaveras County. Violations at some purportedly organic grows include unlawful chemical releases, illegal use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials and hazardous waste including fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, rodenticides, and use of some chemicals so toxic, they've been banned for years in the U.S. Growers are diverting our streams to support their marijuana irrigation systems, against the Clean Water Act. This type of activity is putting children and families health, safety and welfare at unnecessary risk. Regulation will not prohibit this commercial activity from taking place in your neighborhoods or keep it away from your families and your homes.
The Ban Commercial Cultivation group continues to be dedicated and working hard to keep the ban on commercial cultivation of marijuana and commercial marijuana activities.