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City Council decides to gather more information

Roseville, Calif.- At the June 20 City Council meeting, Council members discussed issues with medical marijuana cultivation, and considered an ordinance which would have banned outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana, and regulated the size and other aspects of indoor cultivation.

Council took on the issue at the request of some residents who are having problems with their neighbor’s mature marijuana grows. According to the residents, the outdoor grows have a very strong and offensive odor, which prevents them from enjoying the use of their own backyards.

Council led a discussion among Roseville Police staff and members of the public. Both medical marijuana patients and their adversely affected neighbors were well represented at the meeting, and each side spoke eloquently about their concerns. Some of the concerns raised included the potential health and fire hazards associated with indoor growing operations, and lack of space for indoor grows. Council also questioned how effective similar ordinances restricting cultivation have been in other communities.

After a lengthy discussion, Council decided not to act on the proposed ordinance, and to have staff gather more information and return for further discussion at a future Council meeting.

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