Act would place the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Marijuana Control in charge of regulating the whole system, and tasks other state departments with specific licensing and oversight authority.
If Proposition 64 passes, it does not mean dispensaries and grows will immediately spring up in Yuba-Sutter. Counties and cities will retain the authority to set their own ordinances, or prohibitions, on cultivation and selling marijuana within their boundaries.
Yuba County Supervisor Randy Fletcher, whose district includes the Yuba County foothills, said he values public direction in his decision-making process, and his constituents have repeatedly voted against relaxing marijuana regulation.
Yuba County voters rejected two marijuana-related measures in the June primary that would have allowed for outdoor cultivation and medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county.
When recreational marijuana was on the ballot in 2010, more than 60 percent of voters in the county said no.
“The majority of the voting community in Yuba County said through the numbers that they did not want to see marijuana as a usable item without restrictions and controls,” Fletcher said. “We’ll wait for the next election and see if that changes.”
Yuba County voters will have more marijuana-related decisions to make on the Nov. 8 ballot. Measure E is a medical cannabis cultivation and commerce proposal, and Measure F is a cannabis business tax for Marysville, which is in the process of reviewing applications for two approved medical marijuana dispensary licenses.