Council gives outdoor cannabis growers a break

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After a packed house argued against a staff recommended ban on outdoor grown cannabis on Tuesday, Nov. 7, city council unanimously approved the updates to municipal code regarding the drug, but without the ban.

“We had a really good public hearing on the item. The ordinance now deals with commercial aspects. All of the things regarding personal cultivation have been taken out,” said City Manager John Donlevy.

Resident Kathy Woodman addressed the council with her concerns that any new laws would not be decided before the time to plant arrives.

“We need to know before March,” she said. “We just don’t want to do anything illegal.”

“We’re going to work with people like you who know what you’re doing. We’ve only been dealing with what I would describe as some pretty bad actors,” said Donlevy.

According to Donlevy, city council will revisit the issue in January.

The meeting was kept short for those who planned to attend Bobbie Greenwood’s 100th birthday party.

The council meets again on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. Anyone may attend.

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