While both medicinal and recreational use of marijuana is legal in California – many communities are still not allowing the retail sale and distribution of it. Redding is about to become the second city in Shasta County that will. The decision came after a long and emotion-charged Redding City Council meeting Tuesday night. 

There were those who were in favor it and those who were opposed. Citizens voiced arguments ranging from "It's legal now. Smoke a joint. It cures reefer madness.” to “Each of you will violate 21 USC which is conspiracy to violate the federal narcotics act.”

The Redding City Council voted Tuesday to extend a moratorium on all recreational marijuana businesses within the city until next December. But as City Attorney Barry DeWalt explains, that’s only to give him time to draft an ordinance that will likely come back for approval in the spring, trying to alleviate fears that all marijuana in the city will be banned

“What this ordinance does is extend your existing moratorium which solely relates to adult-use marijuana not medical marijuana,” he said.

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Tough restrictions on marijuana will remain on the books in Chico following a close vote by the City Council Tuesday night.

The move more or less preserves existing restrictions while complying with a statewide proposition that legalized recreational marijuana for adults. That law gives local jurisdictions a free hand to pen their own rules.

The 4-3 vote came despite the pleas of a woman using it to manage chronic colitis pain. Charles Pierce, who described himself as a consultant helping growers navigate cannabis rules, cast doubt on the outcome.

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North State voters decided on a number of marijuana-related ballot measures yesterday, and mostly tightened restrictions on growers.

Butte County measures G and H both passed. That means that marijuana cultivation will be explicitly excluded from the county’s Right to Farm protections, and the fines for out-of-compliance grows are increased and easier to issue.

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The Shasta Lake City Council has overturned a planning commission ruling and will allow a third marijuana collective to open its doors.

Stacy Lidie wanted to open a collective next to the Rite-Aid on Shasta Dam Boulevard. But in March, the planning commission denied her request to reduce the minimum distance between collectives of 1,000 feet by about 100 feet.

She appealed to the council, which Tuesday night overturned that decision.

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Despite earnest pleas from some, Butte County officials further tightened the county’s restrictions on marijuana cultivation Tuesday, effectively hiking fines and streamlining the process for placing a lien on property.

Drafted by the county’s attorney, the changes were billed as small tweaks to a county ordinance aimed at reducing enforcement costs and further deterring illegal grows.

Tim Snellings directs Butte County’s Department of Development Services.

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Butte County officials will consider strengthening their anti-marijuana ordinance Tuesday, making fines immediate and adding civil forfeiture to the mix.

The proposed changes to the ordinance, penned by County Counsel Bruce Alpert, will be considered by the Board of Supervisors.

In a report, Alpert said the changes would streamline the process and reduce enforcement costs.

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A fractured collection of groups advocating for the legalization of recreational marijuana in California has finally coalesced behind an initiative for the November 2016 ballot.

You’ve heard the phrase “two lawyers, three opinions”? You could just as easily apply it to backers of legalizing recreational marijuana in California. From growers to dispensary owners, industry groups to environmentalists – several factions have submitted competing initiatives in recent months.

Over 7,300 marijuana plants were eradicated following a law enforcement operation Wednesday night near Dersch Road and Lack Creek.

According to a press release from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, officers from the Marijuana Investigative Team and Fish and Wildlife descended on the garden about 6:30 p.m. Along with the confiscated marijuana it was determined that water was being illegally diverted from Lack Creek.

A Mexican citizen, busted last year while tending an illicit pot farm inside the Mendocino National Forest, was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison, prosecutors said.

Ivan Villafana, 25, was also ordered to pay $14,000 in fines. Authorities say the site, in the Ice Springs area in Glenn County, was marked by felled trees, pesticides, herbicides and tubes delivering water from a nearby stream.

Villafana was armed with a revolver when he was arrested.