On October 22, 2019 Calaveras County Supervisors, Jack Garamendi, Merita Callaway and Ben Stopper voted to bring back Commercial Marijuana Cultivation to Calaveras County and overturned the BAN Ordinance. These three have disregarded and ignored the pleas and testimony of the Sheriff, District Attorney, County department heads and Residents.
In CRACM’s view the new marijuana ordinances have:
Failed to adequately mitigate the strong malodorous odors that come from regulated outdoor marijuana grows. Odors can travel over 2600 ft. and can permeate the air for months at a time. The exposure of people to objectionable odors will be significant and unavoidable.
Allowed for outdoor personal grows of 6 plants on the property of a residence with few restrictions and just a 75 ft set back from property lines.
Increased outdoor cultivation from 22,000 sq. ft. to 43,560 sq. ft. (From ½ acre to 1 acre) per site, and allows co-location of multiple grows on a single parcel e.g., if a neighbor has a 100 acre parcel, they can now grow up to 5 acres of marijuana (1 acre of cultivation for each 20 acres of parcel size). This can result in significant impacts to ground water tables.
Increased the potential for significant impacts to water resources especially in localized areas. A one acre grow requires approximately 780,000 gallons of water per year, a five acre grow 3.9 million gallons, a 10 acre grow 7.8 million gallons and so on.
Allowed for recreational marijuana not just medical marijuana, along with self-distribution without tracking where the marijuana will be sold. This could potentially increase the black market.
Included a massive expansion of the County Administrative Office to process the permits to cultivate marijuana. The new department, Calaveras County Division of Cannabis Control requires 20 full time equivalent employees to administer the permitting process, according to the Calaveras County Fee Study report at a cost of $1.2 million. All this without a budget to pay for it.
Removed our Sheriff and District Attorney from control of the Cannabis Background Clearance Badge process. Instead, the Supervisors voted to give that responsibility to the new Cannabis Control Department, which is most certainly counterproductive to public safety.
Increased our potential for violent crime. When there is a policy change, marijuana growers overwhelm local resources and saturate private lands. This allows criminals to hide in plain sight threatening our local safety, environment and water. Illegal growers are correlated with an increase in cannabis-related crime, including but not limited to robbery, assault, and murder.
To read the full ordinance(s) visit Calaveras County Planning Dept.
These are some of the reasons we continue to oppose commercial marijuana cultivation in Calaveras County.
We must now call on you, our fellow residents, friends, relatives, churches and businesses to make donations today. The burden to go forward falls on each of us to protect residents, the youth, visitors and culture of Calaveras County. Your donations will help us continue to oppose commercial marijuana in Calaveras County.