Fifty-one pages of pot farming rules kept the elected Board of Supervisors for Calaveras County busy all day Wednesday, the second day of a special meeting focused on a new draft law regulating commercial and non-commercial cannabis cultivation.
By 3 p.m., the board, county counsel, the sheriff and the planning director were still on page 29.
If approved by three of the five supervisors, the new law will replace a ban on commercial cannabis farming in Calaveras County.
On Wednesday the supervisors focused on cannabis. On Tuesday, the board moved forward on a 3-2 vote to approve a Division of Cannabis Control. Jack Garamendi, District 2; Merita Callaway, District 3; and Ben Stopper, District 5; voted in favor. Gary Tofanelli, District 1; and Dennis Mills, District 4, opposed.
At 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, Garamendi asked if a licensed farmer could transfer his or her permit to another farmer. Mills also asked about specifics of how a permit could be legally transferred. Peter Maurer, the county planning director, said background checks would come into play before a permit transfer could be allowed.
At 2:30 p.m., the board sought Sheriff Rick DiBasilio’s input on whether an operator of a licensed child care center could be considered for a licensed marijuana grow under existing state law. DiBasilio made it clear an individual could not do both, and cited an instance in the past three years where the state pulled one or both of an individual’s licenses.
A few minutes later, Callaway asked about whether yurts should be included in language of a section explicitly stating that camping and sheltering in vehicles, tents, sheds, teepees and other similar portable structures would not be allowed on any parcels where cannabis is cultivated. A modern yurt is a collapsible-frame structure with fabric covering.
Before lunch, DiBasilio reiterated to the board and county staff his deputies have done eradications on illegal pot farms only, not on registered grow sites.
Mills pointed out that cleanup remediation was required of registered growers during the ban on commercial cannabis cultivation. Maurer said remediation would still be required prior to transfer of a license or issuance of a license.
Garamendi said Julie Moss-Lewis, deputy county counsel, would try to rework language in an Item 15, and it was among a list of things the board and staff intended to circle back on, and the list was growing.
Earlier, Mills talked about county taxes and the Measure C tax on growers. Stopper said it should be part of a tax schedule. Tofanelli and Maurer discussed special use permits.
Minutiae the board and county staff scrutinized included a section about non-commercial cultivation of non-medical cannabis, and whether to add the phrase “in compliance with state law” but Megan Stedtfeld, lead county counsel, said it would be redundant because the sme language was already in that section of the draft law.
At one point, the board and county staff listened while Jeff Stone, a Calaveras County deputy district attorney, explained that part of the draft ordinance preceding section 17.95.050 contained language about cooperatives and collectives that should be removed so that there are no non-permittable, non-commercial interpretations. All five supervisors agreed to remove it.
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