For Immediate Release: March 3, 2016, 2:30 P.M.
Contact: Casey Hatcher, 530.518.3508
Oroville, CA – The Butte County Board of Supervisors will reconsider two ordinances related to cultivation of medical marijuana in the unincorporated area of the County at its March 8, 2016 meeting. Ordinance 4107 amends several sections of Chapter 34A of the County Code entitled, “Restrictions on Cultivation of Medical Marijuana.” Amended sections include, 34A-2, 34A-3, 34A-4, 34A-13, 34A-13, 34A-16, and 34A-19. Ordinance 4106 amends sections 35-2 and 35-5 of Chapter 35 of the County code, entitled, “Right to Farm Ordinance.” Both ordinances were originally adopted on January 26, 2016, but the Butte County Clerk of the Board received referendum petitions on February 24, 2016, which suspended both ordinances the day before they were scheduled to go into effect. County Elections has determined both petitions are sufficient and will certify the results of the petitions at the meeting on March 8, 2016.
The Board of Supervisors may take one of three actions related to Ordinance 4107 and Ordinance 4106 at its March 8, 2016 meeting:
- Repeal the ordinance;
- Order the Ordinance to be submitted to the voters at the June 7, 2016 Primary Election; or
- Order the Ordinance to be submitted to the voters at a special election to be held not less than 88 days after the date of the order.
If the Board of Supervisors does not entirely repeal an ordinance and instead submits the ordinance for a vote, it will remain suspended until the election. If a majority of the voters approve an ordinance, it will go into effect 10 days after the vote is declared by the Board of Supervisors. If the voters reject an ordinance, it will not take effect.
While Ordinance 4107 is suspended, Ordinance 4075, commonly referred to as Measure A, which amended Chapter 34A in 2014 is still in effect. Below is a list of some of the key element of Chapter 34A, the County’s Restrictions on Cultivation of Medical Marijuana. View a full copy of Chapter 34A online at www.buttecounty.net/stayinthebox.
- Cultivation limits based on cultivation area, by lot size
| 0 – 0.5
|| Indoor only (Indoor only (detached structure 120 square feet))
|Greater than 0.5 – less than 5.0
|| 50 square feet
| 5.0 – less than 10.0
|| 100 square feet