US (NV): County board of supervisors approves cannabis cultivation ordinance

On Tuesday, May 14th the Nevada County Board of Supervisors approved Nevada County’s Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance with a 4/5 vote. This comes after a multi-year community process starting in 2016 when 59% of Nevada County voters rejected Measure W, which proposed an ordinance banning outdoor cannabis cultivation. The cultivation ordinance allows cannabis farmers to cultivate up to 10,000 square feet with minimum parcel sizes of medicinal cannabis in specified zones including agricultural and forest zones, but not residential zones, in Nevada County. The ordinance does not allow manufacturing, dispensaries or other “supply chain” cannabis businesses.

In addition to hearing public comment at the Board’s special May 7th meeting on cannabis, the Board heard an additional hour and a half of public comment on the Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance and Cannabis Environmental Impact Report (EIR) at today’s May 14th Board meeting.

Many Board members discussed how they have constituents on both ends of the spectrum: those who are happy with having cannabis regulations and providing a pathway to compliance for cannabis farmers, and those who wish commercial cannabis cultivation was prohibited in Nevada County.


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