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Medical Marijuana Cultivation, Possession May Be Reduced by Board of Supervisors

Allowable amount may be reduced to eight ounces and six mature plants. Sonoma county seen as more lenient for marijuana use.

Sonoma County's Board of Supervisors will consider today reducing the amount of marijuana that medical marijuana patients and their caregivers may possess and cultivate.

Under a resolution approved by the board in 2006, patients with a valid medical marijuana identification card or their primary caregiver may possess up to three pounds of dried cannabis a year and no more than 30 plants grown within a 100-square-foot garden.

The board will consider a resolution to repeal that ordinance and set the allowable amounts to eight ounces of dried marijuana and no more than six mature or 12 immature plants in compliance with California's Health and Safety Code.

The resolution states the cultivation of marijuana in the county has increased dramatically since 2006 and resulted in a lucrative criminal trade around illegal cultivation.

The resolution also states Sonoma County is perceived as more lenient than other counties regarding marijuana cultivation.

The board previously voted to limit the number of marijuana dispensaries in the county to nine.

The board also will consider establishing an ordinance prohibiting the marijuana cultivation in unoccupied residential buildings, known as "grow houses," and establishing a Marijuana Taskforce modeled on the county's Methamphetamine Taskforce "to establish a stronger interdiction effort around the illegal use of marijuana in Sonoma County."

The Sonoma Alliance for Medical Marijuana is expected to protest the proposed changes to the allowable amounts of medical marijuana for patients and caregivers.

FlyingTooLow December 11, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I copied the below comment from another website. I think the American veteran who wrote this sums it up very well: "I am a disabled Army Veteran and smoke marijuana strictly for medical purposes. I never smoked before I broke my back in the military and it hasen't been a gateway to anything. I started smoking because of my cauda equina syndrome. I had a herniated disk in my lower back that compressed the nerves at the lower end of my spine (cauda equina nerves). The doctors couldn't prevent permanent damage, so I am left with permanent pain that is so severe that it leads to vomiting on a consistant basis without my medacine (marijuana). The doctors prescribed me morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, oxycotton, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, etc... All of the above named meda... cines made me useless, I hardly knew what was happening around me. On top of that, they didnt help with the pain or the vomiting from the pain. I felt like bugs were crawling under my skin. After complaining about this for a while, friends and family handed me cannabis. I was reluctant at first, due to the stigma that goes along with it. After I gave it a try, I realized that it was far and away a better solution than any of the above named DRUGS. I had none of the issues with cannabis that I had with all those other PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS. I can function and carry on with my life. Marijuana has made me a better person and a far more functional parent and husband."
FlyingTooLow December 11, 2012 at 06:57 PM
All card-carrying members of the DEA need to read: Shoulda Robbed a Bank Here is one of its reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars... If David Sedaris had written 'Catcher in the Rye'..this would be it, June 30, 2012 Amazon Verified Purchase This review is from: Shoulda Robbed a Bank (Kindle Edition) I have never smoked pot in my life...nor do I ever care to. I read about this book in numerous Huffington Post comments. Thought I would read it because I know nothing about marijuana or the people involved with it. I am ecstatic that I did. Funny, Funny, Funny!!! The chapters are like short stories. Stories about unloading boats with helicopters, close encounters with law enforcement, traveling through the jungles of South America. The chapter about the author's first time smoking marijuana made me feel like I was with him...coughing. All of the characters were just a group of loveable, nice guys and girls. Not what I had been raised to believe...hysterical maniacs high on pot bent on death and mayhem. They were nothing like that. If you have ever read any of David Sedaris' books, and like them...you will love Shoulda Robbed a Bank. And the crazy things happening reminded me of Holden Caufield in 'Catcher in the Rye' and the way he staggered through life. The way the words are put together are like nothing I have ever heard. I am sure I will use many of the sayings found in this book just to dazzle my friends. A terrific read. I love this book.
Doug Strickland December 12, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I applaud your openness to trying alternatives, and I'm glad that MMJ works for you. I'm especially proud - as another veteran - that you took the time to share your story. I hope that it inspires others to consider alternatives to big-pharma, and their insane hold on our sick. How they are allowed to advertise on tv astonishes me.

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