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County Likely To Further Restrictions On Marijuana Despite Legalization

After the Redding City Council this week indicated their support for regulated and taxed retail marijuana businesses, the Shasta County Planning Commission is likely to take an opposite direction when they meet Thursday. Tuesday night Redding officials asked City Attorney Barry Dewalt to craft a set of rules to present in the Spring. The city has had a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries since 2011, the same year the county banned the businesses. Only the City of Shasta Lake allows retail sales, and they’ve embraced it and found various ways to tax it. With the passage of Proposition 64 last year, more than 80 California cities have put together plans to allow retail marijuana and collect tax revenue, but it’s up to each local government to decide what they want to allow. The county is showing no signs of loosening restrictions any further than legally required by the passage of the statewide measure. Outdoor sales are likely to continue to be banned in unincorporated areas, but Prop 64 allows residents to grow up to six plants inside their homes. The City of Redding has allowed small outdoor grows, but that’s likely to end as well. The County Planning Commission meets at 2 O’clock Thursday, and they’re expected to order a ban on retail growing and selling in unincorporated areas. There will be a public comment period prior to the vote. The decision will need to be ratified by the Board of Supervisors.