Supervisors Nix Outdoor Cultivation in Merced

County leaders enacted significant changes to marijuana rules in unincorporated Merced Tuesday, including doing away with an ordinance that had allowed up to 12 plants per parcel to be grown outdoors. All cultivation must now take place inside -- a win for Sheriff Vern Warnke who has long complained about the criminal element outdoor grows attract in Merced County.

The vote was 4 to 1 with Supervisor Rodrigo Espinoza casting the dissenting vote.

Medical pot advocates complained about the changes before the vote, but the Board would not be swayed. Sgt. Ray Framstad noted that recreational smokers and patients can still grow up to six plants for personal use indoors. That’s plenty, he said. Advocates argued that indoor growing is too expensive for some people, however.

Read more about the changes at the Merced Sun Star


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