CALIFORNIA: Over objections of medical marijuana users, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday banned all marijuana cultivation in the county’s unincorporated areas starting in February.
The ban includes fines of $1,000 per plant.
The 5-0 vote by supervisors also adds a fine of $100 per plant for each day plants remain after the initial discovery. Violations of the public nuisance ordinance would spark misdemeanor financial penalties.
Appeals of the ordinance citations will be heard by the Board of Supervisors. The ordinance takes effect in 30 days.
Joe Elford, a San Francisco medical marijuana lawyer, said Fresno County apparently is the first to ban medical marijuana cultivation in California.
“You are speaking about a significant number of people who will be negatively affected,” Elford said. “It clearly goes against what California voters intended.”