Meeting to Discuss Ban on Outdoor Cultivation of Medical Marijuana

February 4, 2013 8:19 am · 100 comments

The Concord Planning Commision will hold a public meeting on Wednesday February 6, 2013, which will end with a vote on whether or not to ban the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana.

The issue of banning the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana first started on October 9, 2012, when, according to the City of Concord, “a Concord woman complained that her next door neighbor was cultivating marijuana plants which created an offensive odor. The Concord Police Department investigated this complaint, and determined that the individual cultivating the marijuana was a medical marijuana patient, and therefore is lawfully permitted to do so under State law. The Concord Police Department has since confirmed that there are other residential properties in the City where medical marijuana is being cultivated on an ongoing basis, in varying quantities.”

The City also says “Outdoor medical marijuana cultivation poses the potential threat of criminal harm as well as interference with the welfare of surrounding property owners. First, as indicated by the individual who spoke at public comment at the October 9 Council Meeting, mature medical marijuana plants often emit offensive “skunk like” fumes, which can interfere with the use and enjoyment of neighboring properties. Moreover, the presence of medical marijuana plants grown outdoors creates a risk to public safety, since their value and visibility encourage trespass and theft, posing the risk of violence and injury. To the extent that medical marijuana is grown in a location close to schools, there is also the potential for theft and use by school-aged children.

If passed, the proposed ban will then go to the Concord City Council for a vote, and another public hearing will be held.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday February 6, 2013 at 7pm in the Council Chambers, 1950 Parkside Drive in Concord.

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1 Swanky February 4, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Doesn’t state law trump local laws? If not, why do people say Federal law trumps state law with regards to weed?

2 Paul February 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM

If you let them control what you are allowed to do in your own backyard, soon they will be controlling what you are allowed to do in the bedroom.

3 Anonymous February 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM

This city is awash in dopers. We don’t need to allow any more dope dealers wrapping themselves in the cloak of “medical marijuana” .

4 Moviniron February 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Dope dealers? Legal limit for marijuana growing is 6 plants per person. Pretty hard to build a drug empire with 6 plants. In terms of offensive odor. I’m not buying it. Typically the plants only smell strong the 2 weeks before harvest. Sounds like a nosey neighbor to me.

5 Anon February 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Please do not allow these low life’s to grow marijuana in their front yards. Medical use is just a cover for drug dealers and hoods to use to turn a nice neighborhood into slum. Some place where no one will want to buy into except other low life’s. Concord has enough problems with the homeless, illegal aliens, parolees, drunks at the bowling alley knifing each other. We don’t need anymore.

6 Concord-Prior-military February 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM

I did not spend several years defending our way of life to be told that what I can and cannot grow / smoke on my own property. Our founding fathers grew and smoked hemp! Leave me alone you Nazis!

7 LOL February 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM

#3 I would assume you are one of the many millions of old people who are still going off of what Reefer madness told you. Cannabis is a healing plant and we have Endocannabinoid receptors in our brains (Look it up). If you do some research you will see that medical cannabis used properly can cure and heal a plethora of debilitating diseases as well as cancer. People were on insulin most of their life because their pancreas was damaged and couldn’t produce the insulin needed to keep the body regulated have ingested cannabis oil and have had their pancreas healed in 2 months and fully functional. Have seen someone cure melanoma by rubbing the oil on the cancerous spot. So please do a little research before you claim that a plant given to us by the almighty as medicine is evil and no good. PS. Dope is now the street term for methamphetamine, not pot.

8 @moviniron February 4, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Yes, DOPE DEALER. Clearly the right title for someone who’s deals in dope. That is their business, no matter if it is 6 plants or 600 plants. They are called a dope dealer. Btw, why do you need to smoke dope and cause your brain to hallucinate in a non-normal way while amongst the rest of us anyway? Can’t function with reality? How are you different from an alcoholic or crackhead? Just askin’ …..

9 Libertarian Gunner February 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

#6 HEAR HERE! Fellow libertarian. #5 you would be surprised how many people you know that grow and cultivate and/or use cannabis. If we don’t supply it locally where else are we supposed to get it?!? The cartels? You want them running shop up here?

10 Blah Blah blah February 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

find it more offensive that the neighbors are spying on you. Why do they need to spy? What are they hiding that they don’t want the world to know. I know those that grow and only 1/2 to 3/4 of their plants make it to harvest. I think someone needs to MYOB or remove a stick I am sure they bother their neighbors in some way too.

11 mike mac February 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I vote to take away all property rights, since one’s use will upset someone else. Let the government own everything and you can rent from the government. It is only fair to all that way.

12 Libertarian Gunner February 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

#7 ROFL hallucinations?! You must have had some PCP with your herb. Dope is the new term for meth, it hasn’t been used for cannabis since the 80′s. And medically you don’t smoke it smart a**, you ingest it. Do some research.

13 I'll bring the cookies February 4, 2013 at 9:13 AM

This will be a really mellow meeting. Think 2 dozen will be enough?

14 Chuckie's Wife February 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

If it’s only 6 plants a person can legally possess for medical purposes, the space taken up should be small enough that the plants can be grown indoors or in a small green house. This would do several things: keep the odor away from the neighbors; keep the smell away; keep potential criminal activity at bay. Problem solved.

Those saying that one should be able to do what one wants on one’s own property are right only if they move to a remote area where they are miles away from the next neighbor, so no one can hear or smell what you’re doing. In an urban setting, where your next door neighbor is but a few yards away, a little consideration is definitely conducive to peace in the neighborhood. That’s why we have noise ordinances and vehicle ordinances and all kinds of other ordinances that regulate living in a city.

If you’re saying we shouldn’t have these ordinances, just think about why we have them in the first place – because of some inconsiderate lout who thinks s/he can do whatever s/he pleases regardless of the impact on the neighbors. Obviously, the majority disagrees.

15 Anon777 February 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Those of you posting “OMG DOPE dealers, RUN FOR THE HILLS” need to quit your whining and do some research. I’m sorry to say that alcohol use and the ramifications of that in the US far exceed any problems that Marijuana brings. And the neighbor complaining of the foul odor? Sorry, I’m crying foul there too. It’s just a plant and if I could find an air freshener with that scent, I’d buy the company! If you had cancer or some other ailment and tried Marijuana for your symptoms you would be completely for it.

16 Anon February 4, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I should have know better than to post a rational argument where the only responders would be 12 year old trolls.

17 Anon February 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Don’t want it in my neighborhood, and don’t want the low-lifes associated with it in my neighborhood. The pot grower in Castro Valley who had a full-grown caiman in a residential neighborhood is a shining example of the type of outstanding citizens involved in this “business.” If you must grow for the 5% of people who actually need medicinal marijuana, do it in agricultural areas.

18 Anonymous February 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Dear LOL if you think the deadly diseases of melanoma or diabetes can be cured with marijuana you are exhibit 1 in the pot head -silly person contest. You are a perfect example of what we don’t need in Concord. Please leave.

19 heshkid February 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Let’s review americas history in the last 50 years so you so called americans can see what you’ve lived through. Weed is a plant its not a missile its does no harm when taken BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT. Just another excuse to b•±©h about.

20 inthebarrio February 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I agree with Chuckie’s Wife. A little consideration goes a long way. I doubt the growers want crop invaders coming on to their property to steal and one would hope the grower would go to great pains to maintain a low profile. Although Concord has no noise ordinance, and from what I have experienced both the vehicle code and 415 codes are not enforced. So it is acceptable to boom-boom car stereos and have drunken tailgates where my wife is afraid to come and go if I am not home.

21 LOL February 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM
22 inthebarrio February 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM

BTW- I don’t smoke the stuff, but I don’t care if other people do. Potheads seem less prone to violence versus alcohol users..Just please don’t drive while on the stuff.

23 DoReMi February 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

I doubt growing a few plants would even go noticed accept by the neighbor kids and your friends of friends.

Thr problem with growing a crop of pot for sale is theft. this is not paranoia. Mexican gangs are ensconced in California culture. They make make a living through theft, black marketing and human trafficking. Murder is a by product of this activity.

You cannot get rid of black marketeering. Reagans War on Drugs is proof of that.

24 LOL February 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

I would rather be considered silly and have people know about the truth then to keep silent and let you and others be blissfully ignorant to the truth about said plant. I cannot change your mind, only put that spark of a thought in there. I hope when the time comes where you or someone in your family are in need of this miracle medicine you will do the research needed to accept it for what it is, A CURE.

25 GoGo Gomez February 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

What a bunch of BS!

26 Jerk February 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Somebody needs to report that woman to Animal Services. I’ll bet She has a bunch of cats.

27 Shuley February 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

What a waste of time. State law DOES trump city municipal ordinance. I don’t grow (don’t need to) but now I am considering it.. If local police were to shut down someone’s legal grow, they can be sued. ($2000 per plant is the going rate for compensation if they take plants. There is already precedent in court).

It’s amazing how we have so many “freedom-loving” people that want to keep their guns which result in the deaths of 30,000 people per year. However, if there is something they don’t like, all of that talk about a person’s right to do what the hell they want goes out the door. 15,000 dead per year with Oxycontin ALONE. Zero people die from smoking marijuana a year. Zero. Fact.

#18 Anonymous. You are the idiot here. There is not only a tremendous amount of evidence that cannabanoids can effectively alleviate the side effects of conventional cancer treating drugs and greatly lengthen the life of a cancer patient, but there are many cases where hemp oil HAS effectively cured cancer in people. It is scientific fact that it shrinks certain tumors. More and more people are giving cannabis to kids with severe autism, epilepsy and several other disorders with tremendous success.

28 Antler February 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Will the meeting be on television? And if so, on the same channel which shows the Concord City Council meetings?

29 Mel February 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

It doesn’t start to smell much until the plant is close to harvest. Most people I know who grow for medical purposes don’t flaunt their plants in order to keep criminal activity away. Alcohol is definitely a far worse drug then marijuana. She sounds like a really nosy neighbor to me.

30 Yes I'm a hippie ..and??? February 4, 2013 at 11:05 AM

It’s a plant for Christ’ sake !! When will you people leave the potheads alone? Having the privilege to consume this NATURAL herb is one of God’s greatest gifts. Those of you who disagree have clearly never been potheads. Lol. Embrace the herb !! Embrace it : )

31 OhSoCasual February 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

We’re going to need to immediately look at banning skunks from our city as well, as they too pose a threat to stinking the place up.

32 a man February 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

There are some ignorant people commenting on here. I live in an upscale neighborhood of Walnut Creek, I have cancer and I grow marijuana legally. Am I a “hood” bringing down property values?

33 The Real McCoy February 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

A couple plants isn’t a problem. Dozens of plants is. Hopefully the Council is bright enough to recognize this and place a limit on the number of plants that can be grown outdoors rather than ban it totally.

On the other hand, Dan Helix probably still thinks marijuana users call it “reefer” and wear “tea shades” when they’re not out raping and murdering.

34 streetsmart February 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

@SHULEY 27

It’s amazing how we have so many “freedom-loving” people that want to keep their guns which result in the deaths of 30,000 people per year. However, if there is something they don’t like, all of that talk about a person’s right to do what the hell they want goes out the door.

WELL SAID!!!

35 streetsmart February 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

@SHULEY 27

It’s amazing how we have so many “freedom-loving” people that want to keep their guns which result in the deaths of 30,000 people per year. However, if there is something they don’t like, all of that talk about a person’s right to do what the hell they want goes out the door.

WELL SAID!!

36 Styles February 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

So am I going to have to cut down my Star Jasmine as well? Will that be included in this new law if passed? What about roses and Honey Suckle?How can they single out one plant if it is legal? Can you measure smell? Whats next, banning wine bottling in Sonoma/Napa counties because of the odor during the crush? I am not a smoker but the law is the law and I bet this is not the first time this lady has complained to the man.

37 Anonymous February 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Potheads claim marijuana cures cancer.What a dopey thing to say

38 Menegene February 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I’d rather people be growing outdoors than inside attic grow jobs at your neighborhood condo ar apartment complex.

39 Triple Canopy February 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

It’s illegal. Period.

40 TinFoiler February 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM
41 @Paul #2 February 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Please tell me that was sarcasm and not stupidity.

42 anon February 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Can we get rid of the state-worshipers who would see people put into cages for growing/possessing/ingesting a plant? They’ve done nothing but harm to society.

43 Who Says You're Right? February 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Who cares if there’s studies done to prove that pot eases pain or symptoms of disease? What’s it to you if it works for me? Do you get to tell me that I have to take Prozac and not Wellbutrin? Viagra or Cialis?

What if pot benefited me in the same way as those drugs contrived in a laboratory? Who are you to say it doesn’t?

Why should it matter to anyone else if I can get relief from a plant instead of a pill? Why should it matter to anyone if I prefer the buzz from pot instead of alcohol?

I, and many other people I know, are responsible middle-aged professionals who are not criminals and don’t think we should be treated as such for choosing pot as our drug of choice.

Freedom means more than just protection for the 2nd amendment.

44 Silly Potheads! February 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Prop 19 failed for a reason! Californians are smarter than dope heads! Yes, pot is included in the term dope. Dope refers to drugs.
Why don’t you move to Colorado or Washington where you can be free to be stupid!!! LOL

45 To "A man 32" February 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Not according to WCPD, are you growing legally. Feel free to call them with your address and ask.

46 RanchgirlCA February 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM

For those who are so against this, should you or your loved ones someday benefit from medical marijuana, I hope you aren’t allowed access to it. If it helps me or those I care about going through a horrible medical condition, so be it. I’m going to use whatever it takes to get through.

47 @RanchgirlCA February 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM

That’s what prescription drugs under a doctors care are for. Not for a dope dealer to sell you so you can consume as much as you want when you want and then do what you want out with the rest of us. Next excuse please….

48 @ a man. February 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM

YES

49 Anonymous February 4, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Gotta love the pot heads who claim pot cures cancer and blah blah blah.It doesn’t . Their posts are the best evidence that legalizing pot was a mistake. The big advocates are certainly not physicians. There are some limited medical uses, but not many. I guess the big question is whether we need more dope in Concord or not.

50 Spacement February 4, 2013 at 3:21 PM

The level of ignorance on this forum never ceases to amaze me. The “Dopes” are not the ones smoking it but the ones so against the use of it and probably assume that alcohol is much safer that marijuana.

Ask yourself this, if there is no medicinal value for marijuana why does our government hold the patent for just that? Think I’m making this up? Here’s the patent info and a link to the complete patent.

US Patent 6630507 – Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants
Application: filed on 2/02/2001
US Patent Issued on October 7, 2003
Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services
http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6630507.html

http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6630507/fulltext.html

51 Master Green Thumb February 4, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Its unbelievable how narrow minded and ignorant some of you can be. Yes, some people take advantage of prop 215 but for the most part, it is legitamate growers that rely on being able to cultivate their own medication. For a lot of us, we cannot afford expensive indoor grownig rooms and equipment which can cost around $10,000.00. We rely on the sun, a natural and free source of energy and light to grow our medicine. The “offensive” smell only come for the last 2 weeks of growing and I cant tell u how many time a week a skunk or cat sprays around my house and makes the whole area smell horriable. So should we ban skunks, cats and anything else that gets under our skin while we’re at it? Might as well…. What happend to our rights people? As far as crime goes, those of us that grow legitametly have defenses in place…. Cameras and dogs that can catch any theif stupid enough to try and steal a patients medication. Marijuana is legal in California with a Dr. perscription and you should be able to do as you please and grow your own medicine as long as its on your property and within legal limits. Some of you need to break out of your chains of steryotypical thinking and realize just how important outdoor growing is for legitamate prop 215 patients. Dont be a Nazi, educate yourselves.

52 DoReMi February 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

I think the reason so many are making snide remarks about pot as medicine, is because of the dopers that use it as an excuse to get high all day. I’ll conceed there are a few that benefit from it, I know those on chemo get relief from nausea smoking it…BUT. Yep, but…almost all of the folks that I have met and use medical license to smoke pot, are using it for recreation. All. Day. Long.

Not that care if you smoke pot for recreation on occasion. As with all drugs, there is a difference between use and abuse.

53 old concord February 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

WOW, I’m happy we are meeting on this agin. I hope thinking this over from all sides that the council sees this is not what’s best for the people of Concord. #2 What does go on in your bedroom ? #3,18,47, What we don’t need in Concord is ignorance and hate. #5 Smear and fear that will win every time,are you a politician? #6 Amen vet, like me don’t like to give up my rights freely # 13 I’m in,#14 silent majority say WRONG,# 15 Amen,but for the grace of God go I,#17 not in my nieghborhood,#19 kid, I need you at the city council meeting,just speek slow and look at the council,#20 Amen I,ve grown here for years without complain,#23 One big reason to legalize it and stop the STUPID war.#24 thank you,#30 You have rights to. Don’t forget to vote#32 Me to but upscale Concord,#33Come to the meeting and stop the madness,#39 Where have you been they don’t get news, Well I done.Please come to the meeting and say no you can’t take our rights away. Love ya all =)

54 Anon2you February 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

I think it smells nice…Everyone should grow it…

55 anon February 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I got a better idea.Why not just grow opium poppies. It’s medicinal qualities are a hundred times more than pot will ever be. And it’s natural. Right?

56 Master Blaster February 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

@51

You are wrong…the smell goes on for months in my neighborhood.

57 old concord February 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Come to the meeting and be heard. The people of Concord need to make a stand aginst government and ignorance. Stop demanizeing the plant and lyeing to the childern. Education of this plant is needed so when my child comes home with a friend.I don’t want to tell them there parents and teachers all lyed to them . Truth hurts sometimes.Get over it. Do right not only for the childern but for all of us. God bless America =)

58 @anon#55 February 4, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Yes, a lot more natural than Oxycontin, but just as dangerous. So, what’s the difference? A doctor’s prescription?

We all know that there are plenty of people who doctor shop to get their meds, just as there are doctor’s who give out medical marijuana prescriptions just for the asking.

When you compare Pot to Heroin, there’s no use in trying to reason…

59 Anon February 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

@56

that’s your upper lip

60 Piper February 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

I find it a bit ironic that they are holding this meeting on Bob Marley’s birthday.

61 Master Blaster February 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

@59

Good one! : )

62 Kirk February 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I haven’t smoked for a good twenty years, but I would like to grow the plant. If their were a cessation in public services it would be an effective pain reliever without the danger of morphine based narcotics, not to mention availability. Problem is that medicinal herb tends to be overshadowed by the smokin’ two blunts a day dummies flunking out of school and never doing anything with their lives but smoking more pot. Like most things a few assholes will ruin it for everyone else. If only their were a gardening section in the Constitution.

63 Medical Marijuana Supporter February 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

@18
I would perfer you to do some research on the cannabis plant because I think you would be pretty amazed by home much medical benefits it holds. For your comment about diabetes saying that pot can’t help that, but that is untrue. One of the chemicals marijuana produces is called CBD. For over 40 years scientists have discovered that CBD can stop the process of diabetes in the early stages and even can stop the growth of cancer cells and the good thing is you don’t have to smoke marijuana to get this benifit, they now have learned to put it in a pill. And besides the fact marijuana in general has a lot of medical benifits of pain relief without having to harm your body with all these painkillers that can kill you in the futer and cause a more sever addiction to a type of legal drug.

So for anyone reading this (I would guess mostly adults and parents) that you need to get out of that prohibition mind of cannabis and thinking it is the worst drug that is out there. You should do a little research and maybe one day you will see that this plant can help us be green instead of big businesses corrupting us.

64 Anonymous February 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Anyone doubting what marijuana does to human brains should read” Old Concords ” posts. Proof of what happens to brain cells exposed to weed.

65 Medical Marijuana Supporter February 4, 2013 at 6:39 PM

http://projectcbd.org/
Check out this site and maybe you alcohalic dopers (alcohal is a drug to people) and you can learn a little about some of the medical benefits of marijuana.

66 Scott February 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

this doesn’t make a difference to the numerous people I know who grow outdoor in concord, and are all set for the season regardless of what is said here

67 A February 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM

I’m scared about fire danger if grown indoors.
we cut back firefighters support with closing fire houses.

What about black outs during summer months because the electrical grid is to much.????

Indoor = fire hazard

68 mad mom February 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Pot is so much more than a lot of the nay sayers know. My sister in law used phoenix tears (a highly concentrated thc oil) on a cancerous spot on her face. Her doctor was amazed to see the cancer vanish. My husband suffers from chronic spinal pain. Thank goodness for his Volcano! Better than smoke and no smell for the neighbors to deal with. Until you walk a mile in their shoes you shouldn’t judge.

69 Libertarian Gunner February 4, 2013 at 8:27 PM

#68 Good for you and your family! You are aware, most people aren’t.

70 Starfish February 4, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Indoor-outdoor if you’re careful about it it really doesn’t matter. Those who smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes have the legal right to grow plants. Those who grow indoor usually take precautions-but there are those willy-nillies who tend to blaze up their own homes. Marijuana is a plant-so it really should be grown outdoors naturally along with all of the other plants-but of course there are always people who are opposed to something because they need something to oppose (I usually ignore these people). I really don’t have these issues because I don’t smoke it-but I am not opposed to those who do.

Like your story mad mom.

71 California nightmare February 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Good grief. Most of the pot smokers posting here are the best advertisements AGAINST pot smoking possible!

I hope you all go to the meeting and speak up. The more you ramble on about your love of marijuana and its “miracle” cures the more ridiculuous you will sound.

72 A February 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

So it’s not a cure.
There is alot of medicine that dose not cure you, but makes the illness tolerable.

Don’t take rights away just to please people.
I wouldn’t want anyone dictating what I have in my own yard weather I keep valuables out that someone could steal or if I have a stinky plant.

73 Dear mad mom February 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

You are full of crap again. Please come and testify /you pot heads make the case for prohibition so well.

74 heshkid February 5, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Old concord sucks. City council wtf? Why waste my time speaking to neo nazis? This goes out to everyone… no matter what happens I’m still going to smoke weed, share weed, grow weed etc. I am a human I can do whatever I want even if I’m breaking the law. God gives me the right to because he is supreme authority. Why would he makes such a magnificient plant?? For our resources!!!

75 Seriously February 5, 2013 at 7:44 AM

I think we should ban all skunks for putting off an offensive “pot-like” smell.

76 Annon February 5, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Please go to the Planning Commission Meeting website for Feb 6, 2013, and read the proposed code change. This did not come about because of a complaint of one person growing medical marijuana in their backyard, it came about because a” collective” with multiple caregivers and patients were growing medical “Skunk Weed”, marijuana, in the back yard, the odor could be smelled all over the area. Plus there was tall poles, higher than a house and tarpes covering areas, and 2 pit bull, that seemed to get out into the neighborhood. If the person that needed the medical marijuana was growing it on their property for just themselves, with a small amount needed for them, this would not have happened. And for those that think marijuana is safer than alcohol, I have seen first hand, the addiction that it can bring. I watched a childhood sweetheart, who was a juvenile diabetic, start the use of this in his teens, he was a drug salesman for a large company, met with doctors, on the road many hours, had many car accidents and diabetic reactions that were horrible to watch and handle. He used medical marijuana before there was a law, because “he said the doctor” told him it would help. Yes he should have cared for himself as a diabetic, watched his diet and his insulin intake, but that did not happen, a few years ago he was killed in a head on collision, he was on a two way bridge, and tried to pass 2 cars and it a truck. Its the same as driving drunk, if you are impaired with drugs, or alcohol your normal reflexes do not work. They statistics do not show this information, because it seems that marijuana is not a drug that is done for autopsy or accidents. Smoke your marijuana, stay home, do not drive. I am not ignorant to the amount of people that use this or abuse the substance. I am not here to judge you. But I have freedom of speech and the right to live and breath fresh air. Read the Planning Commission Agenda, come to the meeting, we have freedom of speech, your views are welcome. Instead of griping about what is being taken away, come and fight, talk, for what you believe in.

77 Citizen February 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

“67″ A. You are right. Indoor growing will put more homes, people and taxpayer money at risk. In San Jose just this week two homes burned down because indoor grow houses were using power that was rigged away from the meter. If our city, pushed growing Canabis indoors there’s more risk than a few yahoos stealing plants from a back yard.

In addition there will be more energy use that will cause more pollution and strain on our electricity grid.

It seems that this city council proposal was not thought through very well. Are they going to accept responsibility for the consequences?

78 old concord February 5, 2013 at 8:50 AM

@74 I’m sorry kid, I asked you to the city council meeting a little to quickly. I do now understand your feelings better and would prefer to fight this one without you. Happy trails =)

79 old concord February 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

I invite any of you to sit down and talk about this. Spend some time with me and see if you have any better ideas to solve my med. needs. My doctors don’t. Please no doctor Kavorkians Good day to all =)

80 Dear Heshkid February 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

You instruct us that you are “a human being” and can do whatever you want. That’s true. Child molesters, killers and burglars have the exact same philosophy.

81 Annon February 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

#76 I am always misspelling.. He was HIT head on by a truck…KILLED instantly so sad.

82 Shuley February 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Well, I know (or knew) two people who have died from overdoses of prescription painkillers. One of them had a prescription for them, one of them did not. Both dead. In my 40+ years, I have never known, met or heard of anyone dying from marijuana…period. We lose over 200,000 people a year from LEGAL drugs (aforementioned painkillers, alcohol, cigarettes, etc).

If you don’t like marijuana, DON”T SMOKE IT. If you think the business of marijuana “brings down a community”, than I have news for you. There are marijuana smokers and growers in every community from the richest to the poorest. There are many people you know that are smokers and you don’t even know it. I invite you to go see Cheryl Shuman at the Beverly Hills cannabis collective and ask her how ghetto and crime ridden that community became because of a pot collective.

If I want to relax in the evening by hitting my vaporizer after a long day of work, rather than drinking a stiff drink – who the f#*k are you to tell me any different?

83 Anon February 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Can we ban roses also? They really stink, the smell makes me nauseous. They can also bloom and pollute my air for months each summer.
While we are at it, can we ban growing any plants outdoors in an urban environment? We can just cover everything in concrete.

84 Gabriel February 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Growing outside is much more eco-friendly than hydroponic set ups with indoor lights. It’s clearly nonsense for a police officer to tell people what plants they can grow and where. Maybe if people had a better understanding of what Cannabis was the situation would be different… Ignorance is bliss.

85 DoReMi February 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Hi Gabriel, would you be open to the idea of a ‘shoot to kill’ ordiance for any fence hoppers?

Open you mind to the possibilities.

86 leetdood February 5, 2013 at 2:32 PM

@ #80…

Yes, what an apt comparsion, nonviolent criminal vs people who beat you up and take your things.

When people ingest cannabis, they are not harming anyone and anybody who thinks they are harming anyone is off their rocker. Leave us the hell alone and mind to YOUR own life.

Seriously, when my habit doesnt harm anybody, you are the deluded one and should move to Communist Russia if you like using the government to tell people what to do on their own property.

87 Alex February 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Cannabis is one of the best smells on Earth. Clearly something is wrong with this lady’s olfactory sense organs. I’m worried it could be a brain tumor. She may want to treat it with cannabis oil.

88 RanchgirlCA February 6, 2013 at 10:56 AM

I’m certainly no doper. I don’t do drugs and never have. But as one of my best friends was dying of cancer she felt like crap and the ‘meds’ from the doctor certainly didn’t help. She wasn’t ready for morphine, which was used to ease her pain as she lay dying, but some prescribed medical marijuana made life a little easier for her. Whether or not you approve, I’m grateful she had this little bit of ease to get through the hell of cancer. Oh, and she wasn’t a doper either, except for this situation. If you are against this, when you could benefit from it, please decline and see what else your Doctor can give you.

89 To All You Dopers February 6, 2013 at 12:28 PM

No one is telling you not to smoke it, or use it for medicinal purposes. If you want to kill your existing brain cells with it, your business. However, we don’t want it grown in our neighborhoods, with the attendant pit bulls, caimans, low life thugs, robberies and murders associated with it. Grow it in farms in non-populated areas.

90 ChampagneKitty February 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Some of you people in these comments are having a different conversation than what the story is about. If someone were to read only the comments and not the actual story, one would think that the right to have medical marijuana at all were at debate here.

91 Jeff February 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I can’t believe I’m going to say this – but I actually agree with Shuley. (Shuley – quick, write this day down! LOL)

If someone wants to smoke pot, legally or illegally, it’s their choice. They may or may not have consequences for that decision, but it’s still a personal choice, not ours to make. It goes back to US being in control of our own lives instead of government.

92 Travis Bickle February 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM

“If I want to relax in the evening by hitting my vaporizer after a long day of work, rather than drinking a stiff drink – who the f#*k are you to tell me any different?”

If I want to hold a lower opinion of those who can’t relax or deal with everyday problems and stresses without the help of chemicals, I will do so.

And before you start, my opinion of you means exactly the same as your opinion of me, so you float your boat and I’ll float mine.

93 Jay February 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Man.. Concord and Contra Costa County in general are so tough on medical marijuana patients and collectives.. It sucks having to go to Oakland/SF to get marijuana, so i can understand patients wanting to grow their own and such.. Why can’t we take the approach of Oakland and Alameda county and embrace medical marijuana and its tax dollars brought in.. Shoot, Oakland is fighting in court to keep harborside open along with its 1mil of tax dollars and 150 jobs..

Oh well.. Since discovering medical marijuana I have been able to give up taking my insomnia and depression prescription meds… Its just a shame that others might not benefit from it as much as I because of all the negative attention and nay sayers.. Hopefully this dosn’t pass and people are allowed once again to cultivate their own medicine in their own backyard.

94 Enfield303 February 6, 2013 at 6:40 PM

@Jeff#91…whaaaaa??? Jeff agrees with Shuley? A disturbance in the force I feel.

95 Dennis February 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Impressive how much the supply of ‘medical’ marijuana exceeds the ‘need’ of cancer patients by about 1000 to one. Everyone defends the right to pot for cancer hospice, but about 1% actually have cancer. I guess the complainers here just want to get high, and use cancer victims as an excuse.
Pot is on the FDA list of controlled substances, thus illegal. Solution: grow a pair, stand up to a regulatory agency, and demand they remove it from the list. Problem solved.
Whats that? You dont think citizens should regulate the agencies and departments that are regulating them? The EPA tells the states what the speed limit is, and you shrug and say OK ?
Maybe y’all should try controlling the government, instead of the other way around.

96 Dennis February 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I find it odd that the same people who want to ban smoking in other peoples’ homes, and wood fires in other peoples’ homes ( because of minute amounts of second hand smoke ) , and forbid neighbors to have guns for defense of their own homes, suddenly start whining about their own property rights, when it comes to pot. Either all in or all out, is what you do in your own home your right, or is your privacy just limited to what your neighbors say it is?

97 Anon February 6, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Dennis – I know this never crossed your puny mind, but maybe there’s not many of the ‘medical’ marijuana exceeds the ‘need’ of cancer patients by about 1000 to one – BECAUSE they got cured!!!

98 Prop. 215 County Results February 6, 2013 at 8:26 PM

On November 5, 1996 Contra Costa County leaned heavily in support of Prop. 215. Yes 63.3% to No 36.7%.

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/1996-general/ssov/measures-statewide.pdf

Almost 2/3s of the voters supported prop 215, that’s a pretty strong majority in support of medicinal marijuana. Unfortunately the county bans dispensaries from operating in unincorporated parts. Cities such as Concord also ban dispensaries, despite an overwhelming majority of support for prop. 215. The dispensary ban in turn causes more card holders to grow their own.

Yesterday the State Supreme Court held hearings on the dispensary bans. They have 90 days to make a decision that could override the local bans on dispensaries.

99 ANNON February 7, 2013 at 6:35 AM

The planning Commission passed a ban on cultivation of growing medical marijuana outdoors, last night. Now it goes back to the city council.

100 Concord Council Take Note February 7, 2013 at 6:56 AM

3 men murdered over pot in Forestville, and that is why we don’t want it grown in our neighborhoods!

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