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We REVISED our cannabis ordinance draft. Plumas residents shared their concerns with us about several provisions in our draft they thought were too restrictive.
They spoke. We listened.

Here are some of our changes:

Medical marijuana delivery. Our REVISED cannabis ordinance draft allows delivery of medical marijuana. If patients can’t grow their own plants or don’t want to, they can have it delivered to them. We revised our position because we fully embrace recreational and medical marijuana rights and want patients to have convenient access to their medicine.

Setback requirements. We’ve made it easier for residents with smaller parcels to meet setback requirements from property lines by reducing the setback distance. This allows residents to use their separate and enclosed structures to grow their six plants while maintaining an adequate buffer between their grows and their neighbors’ backyards.

And as a reminder, by showing hardship or good cause, residents can apply for special use permits to waive the prohibition of some of the restrictions involving enclosed structures and growing inside their homes. 

Read our REVISED cannabis ordinance.
OUR MISSION: 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, 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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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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    Call, write or email Plumas' supervisors at 530.283.6170 or via the addresses below.

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    NOW is the time to make a difference. Help us preserve Plumas for the next generation.

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Opposing voices

“This doesn’t only affect our lives and our way of living, it can destroy our agricultural industry.”
~Concerned Beckworth resident regarding unlawful large grows in Sierra Valley

“I do love this county and hate to see it go the way of Mendocino, Humboldt and other counties. Please stay on track with a conservative ordinance and protect us.”
~Concerned Quincy resident in letter to the BOS