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.