After hours of public comment, the planning commission passed a revision of the marijuana ordinance in Shasta County.
The changes to the ordinance were passed Thursday by a 3-2 vote.
This ordinance will now be sent to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors for final approval.
Regulations under the ordinance are as follows:
- Marijuana grows are prohibited inside homes.
- Properties with less than 10 acres can only cultivate marijuana in a detached building, with a 12 plant maximum.
- Properties with 10 to 20 acres can grow both inside and outside, with a 12 plant maximum.
- Those growing marijuana on 20 acres or more can have a maximum allowance of 24 plants.
- All properties must have their own legal, onsite water source.
- Growers on a property that they do not own must have a notarized statement proving permission to cultivate.
- Those in violation would face misdemeanor charges plus up to a $1,000 fine per violation, per day.
Gene Parham, one of the planning commissioners, explains his reason why he felt changes to the previous ordinance needed to be made.
"I heard it several times tonight, it makes criminals out of people who have a legal right to grow because they can't afford the new concept of a building that's secured," said Parham.