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Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - LOCAL -

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.

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