LATEST BOS MEETING UPDATE: Our supervisors discussed the possibility of raising fines and shortening abatement process times in order to effectively enforce the Plumas County cannabis cultivation moratorium. Based on Tehama County’s legally-defended cannabis ordinance abatement and enforcement provisions, proposed fines would be increased to $1,000 per day per violation to encourage compliance. Unpaid fines could ultimately result in liens against properties based on fines being added to property taxes.

Roll call vote was 5-0 YES for moratorium enforcement adjustments. The BOS will add further action to the 5/29 meeting agenda.

  1. Of the two commercial cannabis voter initiative groups, Keep Plumas Green has 715 verified signatures out of the 1,030 they collected. Their ordinance initiative will be on the November ballot. The other initiative, the Plumas County Indoor-Only Cannabis Ordinance, did not make the November ballot.
  2. The Planning Commission has not begun work on three ordinance drafts: ours, the working group’s, or Ralph Koehne’s. We’ve heard they could begin in May.
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Read our REVISED cannabis ordinance.
To preserve the beauty, safety and environmental health and welfare of Plumas County and its people
Why we oppose commercial cannabis activity:

To safeguard our residents. California counties that allow commercial cannabis activity have more crime. Criminals pillage harvests and sell stolen product to a thriving black market. To protect crops, commercial growers hire private security and use guard dogs, high fences and alarms.

To protect our children. Respected medical studies show that children who use marijuana suffer reduced brain development. And up to 35% of adolescents who try it become addicted and are more likely to experiment with more dangerous drugs. We want our children to develop healthy friendships, do well in school, be good citizens and value the common good of their communities. Commercial cannabis is a threat to our dreams for our kids.

To keep our air clear. Let’s face it—pot stinks. Cannabis grows emit pungent, skunk-like odors that can overpower the sweet, piney mountain scents we love so much about Plumas County. If our supervisors allow commercial cultivation here, the local aroma will go from fresh to fetid, and tourists and visitors may decide pass through Plumas quickly rather than stay awhile.

To protect our environment. Water quality is degraded in counties that allow commercial cannabis grows. Many growers use concentrated fertilizers and poison wildlife. Marijuana plants use what is described as “enough water to make a tree cry.” Pot grows sap soils of nutrients faster and to a greater degree than traditional agriculture and growers who don’t rotate crops don’t give soils the chance to recover before planting new crops.

To preserve the nature of our county. Plumas is known for its outdoor opportunities. People visit and live here to enjoy hiking, fishing, cycling, camping and other activities that showcase our county’s quality. For decades, Plumas has been a safe and beautiful environment to live and rear families. Commercial cannabis activity would change the nature of our county forever.

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BOS Meeting

  • Place Plumas County Courthouse, 3rd floor
  • Time 10 am

Our Board of Supervisors will vote on reducing the moratorium timeline and enhancing fine amounts for Cannabis Code violations. Please attend and show support for the BOS and Plumas County Sheriff's Office regarding moratorium enforcement.

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CGRCO ordinance draft FAQs


Does Prop. 64 give grow rights?

Yes. Prop. 64 gives adult California citizens the right to grow up to six plants per residence. But it also gives counties and municipalities the right to prohibit outdoor growing and reasonably restrict indoor growing. And existing laws allow landlords to prohibit marijuana growing or using within their properties. Ask our sheriff about the virtual destruction of rent homes he's witnessed.


Forces growers to break laws?

Forces? A commercial cannabis ban won't and can't force anyone to break the law. This is a straw-man argument from growers who have operated outside the law for years. Which brings up this question: If Plumas allows commercial cannabis, why would law-breaking growers suddenly become law-abiding growers?


Can patients get their pot?

Yes. Our REVISED cannabis ordinance draft allows delivery of medical marijuana. If patients can't grow their own plants, they can have it delivered to them. We revised our position because we realize many people who benefit from medical marijuana and can't or don't want to grow their own, should have convenient access to it.


Will it ban a legal product?

California grants counties the right to ban commercial cultivation and restrict medical and recreation grows to the six-plant Prop. 64 limit. Plumas can also restrict grows to private inhabited residences and require purpose-built or adapted structures. If Plumas bans commercial cannabis and restricts all grows to six plants, growing anything more will be illegal.


Will the county lose money?

Because marijuana is federally illegal, banks cannot allow growers to deposit profits. This makes cannabis an all-cash business, which does not pay taxes. And does anyone truly believe that armed guards, watchdogs, drones and tall fences will encourage eco-tourism? Commercial cannabis cultivation, beyond High Sierra Music Festival goers, will not boost tourism in Plumas County, but may discourage it.


Separate grow structures?

Growing indoors in residences presents significant safety issues. Our sheriff has encountered incidents where home honey oil production and/or excessive energy use has caused fires. There are also environmental dangers involving chemical contamination, black mold from humidity, and risks to children. Separate structures equipped with filtration and proper electrical limits can safely handle six-plant-per-residence grows.


Are existing grows exempt?

Nowhere in California law is there an "early bird" clause sanctifying what could become non-compliant activity based on new county ordinances. "Early birds" who've sunk money into land acquisition and development costs for their grows run the risk of losing the value of that investment.


What about land use rights?

Land use must conform with the General Plan's zoning procedures that protect property values and all others' quality of life. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) examine potential environmental harm.


Will illegal grows boom?

Illegal cannabis grows have existed for years. Plumas banning or allowing commercial cannabis will not affect illegal growers significantly. Plumas growers openly threaten to keep growing more than six plants, if a ban is passed. In this respect, they're right—illegal grows will increase.


Growers breaking laws?

Yes. With Plumas' moratorium in effect, growers are operating outside the law. Before the moratorium, they were operating within a "gray area" only because our county did not have an ordinance in place. The moratorium effectively bans all grows of more than six plants.


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