EMAIL YOUR SUPERVISOR TO ELIMINATE THE 25% SUPPORT AREA
The highly anticipated updated draft ordinance (click here) was released on Friday. This is the ordinance on which the board will be making their final vote in April. Take the time to read the updated language and stay tuned to the Alliance newsletter for a list of the Alliances priority ordinance amendment recommendations.
Of note in the updated draft ordinance is a newly added reference to a 25% support area. See language below:
“Cannabis Support Areas are limited to a maximum area equal to 25% of the overall Canopy Area. The Support Area boundary shall be clearly identified on any plans that are submitted and on the Premises.”
“Support Area” is defined as an area associated with immature plants, drying, curing, grading, trimming, rolling, storing, packaging, and labeling of non-manufactured cannabis products.
The Alliance strongly opposes this highly limiting language and is calling for it to be removed entirely. We urge you to email your supervisors to let them know that this provision is unrealistic for the craft cannabis farmers of Nevada County.
Some talking point considerations:
1. The original draft ordinance language did not contain any limit on support area and the change to include it now simply serves to undermine the entire purpose of the ordinance by making operations infeasible.
2. A limit of 25% of canopy allocated for immature plants, drying, curing, grading, trimming, rolling, storing, packaging, and labeling of non-manufactured cannabis products is simply unrealistic and is not in alignment with the space required to carry out cannabis farming practices.
3. This language creates an over complication for both enforcement and the farmer. Existing structures, such as barns, may be over the restricted size which will require costly modifications to meet the new requirements. In addition there are not size limitations at the state level for support structures and many farmers have submitted their state applications to meet the tight timelines for planting by the 2019 grow season.
4. The process of curing cannabis requires adequate space and airflow to prevent mold, protecting both employee and consumer safety. State laboratories test all cannabis products for mold and if present products will fail testing regulations, resulting in the products destruction. A 25% limit would force producers to compromise best practices to meet local requirements.
5. The limit of 25% creates unnecessary confinements for workers that are both impractical and unsafe. Requiring businesses operations to be confined to a small space could produce overcrowded and therefore unsafe work environments.
Please urge your supervisors to support realistic regulations for
cannabis by voting to remove this unnecessary provision.
Please address all emails to your district’s supervisor and copy into your email the Chair of the Board, Richard Anderson. Please get your emails sent by March 20th, 2019.
Nevada City and the unincorporated areas of Banner Mountain, Cascade Shores, Deer Creek, and the Highway 174 corridor
Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines, and unincorporated areas along Highway 49
City of Grass Valley, Cedar Ridge, the Brunswick Basin, Squirrel Creek, and unincorporated areas along Highways 49 and 20
Penn Valley, North San Juan, Rough and Ready, Lake Wildwood, Spenceville, and unincorporated areas along Highways 20 and 49
Richard Anderson, Chair
Town of Truckee, and the communities of Soda Springs, Washington, Graniteville, Hirschdale, Boca, Floriston, and unincorporated areas along Highways 49, 20, 89, and Interstate 80