Fresno County’s ban on medical cannabis cultivation takes effect today. The ban applies to ALL cannabis gardens, both indoors and outdoors, with heavy fines starting at $1,000 per plant.
A referendum petition circulated by local cannabis advocates fell far short of its goal of 20,130 signatures. One common theme reported by signature gatherers: Many people had no idea the new county law had been passed. Other potential signers expressed concerns about the confidentiality of petition signatures, while others said they wanted to avoid jury duty. (Note: Petition signatures are NOT public record, and anyone who has a driver’s license and/or registers to vote is automatically qualified for jury duty.)
Another common question came from city residents, who wanted to know if they county law applied to them. The quick answer is “no”; you may consult the directory of city ordinances to see which local law applies to you. Although primary authority for cannabis cultivation falls under state law ‐ Proposition 215 and Senate Bill 420 ‐ cities and counties also have authority to pass ordinances pertaining to zoning, health and safety, and other subjects. The intersection of state and local laws can create conflicts, and the legality of the Fresno County cannabis ban is likely to be tested in court.
This post will be updated later with additional details. If you have questions about the Fresno County cannabis ban, please contact Fresno Cannabis or call 559-270-1411.