.Concord Set to Ban Medical Pot Growing Outdoors

Just in time for spring planting, on Tuesday, March 26, the Concord City Council has scheduled a final hearing and vote on a local ordinance to ban all outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana.

“Outdoor medical marijuana cultivation poses the potential threat of criminal harm as well as interference with the welfare of surrounding property owners,” the city wrote in its background on the issue. The plants “emit offensive ‘skunk like’ fumes’, which can interfere with the use and enjoyment of neighboring properties”.

Yes, state law permits medical pot growing, the city found, but “no court has held that state legislation guarantees the right to cultivate marijuana outdoors.”

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