Fresno supervisors OK changes to growing ban

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Feb 252015
 

Fresno County supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve several changes to its medical cannabis ordinance, but the county’s dual bans on dispensaries and cultivation remain firmly in place. The amendments were intended to clarify the county’s stated claims that it can pretty much do what it wants in terms of enforcement. The county can show up without notice and rip down your plants, with or without your permission to go on the property. The county [read more …]

May 082014
 

A lawsuit filed today by cannabis advocates seeks to block enforcement of the Fresno cannabis cultivation ban. The petition for writ of mandate was filed by two co-plaintiffs, the newly formed Fresno Cannabis Association and the Los Angeles-based Union of Medical Marijuana Patients. The target of the lawsuit is Ordinance 2014-20, which bans all types of cannabis cultivation (indoor/outdoor)and imposes fines of $1,000/plant for violations. CEQA cannabis lawsuit – City of Fresno While the lawsuit [read more …]

Apr 092014
 

A CEQA lawsuit that seeks to block the enforcement of the Fresno County cannabis ban was filed April 4, 2014. The lawsuit doesn’t claim the county ban violates Proposition 215 or Senate Bill 420, although it well could. Instead, the single cause of action claims the county violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This unofficial copy is lightly redacted. If the embedded viewer doesn’t work, click here. Exhibit A: Fresno County Ordinance 14-001 Exhibit [read more …]

Feb 122014
 

Local media are reporting an early enforcement campaign against cannabis growers by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. The crackdown follows passage of a new zoning ordinance banning cannabis gardens, which took effect Feb. 7. abc30 coverage Fresno County sheriff’s deputies enforce new ban on pot grows Fresno County sheriff’s deputies are hitting the streets early this year to enforce a new ban on all indoor and outdoor marijuana grows. The enforcement includes grow operations designated [read more …]

Feb 072014
 

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 [read more …]

Follow-up to Fresno County growing ban set

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Jan 282014
 

Title: Fresno County cannabis growing banLocation: Fresno County Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare St., Fresno CALink out: Read the staff reportDescription: Supervisors are scheduled to hear a companion ordinance to the Fresno County growing ban that was passed on Jan. 7. The trailer bill would delete previously permitted cultivation facilities from the land-use matrix found in the county Zoning Ordinance. The ordinance is listed as Agenda Item 7 and may be adopted at the meeting [read more …]