Sacramento County supervisors offer scraps to medical marijuana patients

An ounce of Green Crack bought from a dispensary in California circa 2008.


Grinchy supervisors completed their rollback of medical-marijuana access in unincorporated Sacramento last week, and patients were left saying thank you.

That’s because the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, under the “leadership” of District 4 member Roberta MacGlashan, initially pushed for a total ban on all cultivation. The board approved an outdoor ban in April. On May 28, supervisors stopped just short of eradicating all indoor growth.

The ordinance adopted last Wednesday says qualified patients and caregivers can possess up to nine marijuana plants in their homes, and treats any scofflaws as public-nuisance violators.

Canna Care co-owner Lanette Davies thanked supervisors for the bare minimum carve-out, even as she and others suggested they consider allowing cultivation within secure greenhouses located outside of the home.

“It’s a start,” she said. “However, nine plants probably won’t sustain them.”

County staff agreed that nine plants weren’t a lot, and referred to the number as “such a minimal number of plants” compared to cities that allow up to 50 plants per home.

The city of Sacramento, which bars outdoor growth, allows up to 400 square feet of cultivation area in permitted residences.

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