Indoor pot, dispensaries first on county ordinance schedule
Humboldt County Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with creating an ordinance focused on indoor marijuana growing and dispensary regulation before tackling the issue of outdoor pot.
The Humboldt Growers Association and the Humboldt Medical Marijuana Advisory Panel both supported the move to address the issues separately.
Board Chairman Mark Lovelace said it became clear during work by the Planning Commission and a marijuana subcommittee that a master ordinance dealing with all issues related to marijuana was not appropriate.
The Board’s vote includes a request for the Planning Commission to finish their review of the draft ordinance addressing indoor cultivation within residences and dispensaries so it can be sent to the Supes for final approval.
During Tuesday’s meeting Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg pressed for the ordinance to dip a toe into the outdoor marijuana issue by requiring a setback from neighboring properties. But county staff said it would open a “slippery slope” of issues due to variables including parcel sizes and shapes. The Board will begin discussion of an outdoor ordinance in September.