Council now voting on accepting a letter of intent from developer on four plots, the big vacant area behind the Valero gas station per Greg Watkins. All five vote for it (a step in selling the plot).
Next up is the new mayor selection. Ceremonial position mostly, but he/she acts as a moderator for the meeting. Richard Kern is chosen.
Larry Farr is nominated By colleague Greg Watkins. Council approves with a five minute break then Janice Powell will be sworn in to replace Lori Chapman-Sifers.
And we're back: now swearing in Janice Powell as new councilwoman
Ok, now we're in general public comment. Only Steve Morgan is listed to speak. His wife was also appointed to the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District board.
Steve Morgan won a Supervisor seat last election. Worth noting he and his wife lost their home in a fire earlier this year.
Consent agenda passes and now we're on marijuana.
Currently the city permits sales and small scale cultivation of medical pot, he says.
Quick summary: MMRSA governs medical weed, sets up a regulatory framework to track medical weed products, he says. It doesn't allow people to hold more than two licenses. Also, any businesses must get local approval.
Now Prop 64 (aka AUMA): allows adults (21+) to possess up to an ounce, sets up a regulatory framework similar to MMRSA. Adds 15% tax in addition to 7% tax, plus cultivation taxes. But some exemptions are available to med users.
Shasta Lake also has a 6% tax, passed by voters. Would apply to recreational weed sales but not cultivators.
Loss of sales tax in med is probably minuscule in short term, with possible sales tax revenue increasing from Rec sales.
Ann Morningstar tells council to wait and see, let state figure Prop 64 out over next year.
Next up is a speaker (don't have name's spelling) who said he studied legalization while at college. Says he's not arguing whether weed use is good or bad. But says it probably would be good to move grows indoors, in part because of exp. as property owner.
Tells story about being snooped on because charter worker didn't want to drive by a weed grow. "Some people just don't like it to be there," he says. Indoors-only would eliminate that issue.
Next up is Tammy Brazil, who runs Queen of Dragons. She says a lot of people will grow. Many buildings are at risk of fire. Med patients know how to set up grows, but Rec smokers might try to jerryrig lighting, she worries. Compares potential spread to arson Boles Fire in weed
She adds it will make spotting non-compliant grows easier if they are outside. But she's seen "catastrophe waiting to happen" she said. Also, questions of mold growth from watering plants.
Now Rose Smith, a 215 user and former councilwoman. She has said she opposed Prop 64. Praises city's marijuana ad hoc committee. She said she thinks it's ok to let people grow outside. Questions need for urgency ordinance (staff told me it's so ordinance takes effect immediately)
Next up: Gordon Keenhab (sic) Said he thinks he should be able to grow outside as long as neighbors don't mind. Says costs of growing indoors way to high to force people to grow.
Next up, a man named Bill asks council to forego revenue for well being of the community.
Next up is a woman (I believe Gina Seely, but not sure) says she think it will lead to more crime, points to previous rises in mj prominence and crime. I overhear one person in audience say "yea, because of heroin." But Seely points to robberies as well. "This creatures a lot bigger than indoor or outdoor," the woman says.
Next speaker asks about allergies, what does someone tell children about smells. "You've not known it until you've had someone in your life get hooked on it and destroy their lives," she says.
Duckett points to urgency ordinance that would last 45 days but could be renewed for up to two years
Councilman Larry Farr points out marijuana ad hoc committee is open to the public. Invites speakers to attend.
Farr asks if 45 days are enough. Can be extended, atty Kenny says.
Councilman Larry Farr said he wants to be satisfied that effects are mitigated. Otherwise he'd be in favor of banning it (not sure if both rec and med or just rec weed biz with "it"). Complaints have gotten up to 45, but still down from 60 previous years, Duckett said.
Pam Morgan expresses support for temporary ban for city to catch its breath with weed. She doesn't like indoor-only grows. Acknowledges some don't like smell, but she points out other plants aren't liked either. Suggests holding some meetings in evening.
Now Janice Powell speaks: The public as a whole voted this in. Says crime, smell issues come from growing too many plants.
Asks if urgency ordinance is necessary especially with Prop 64 being voted on by public. Attorney says all it does is keep the status quo: if it's legal and happening now, it doesn't change that he says. Also, certain things in Prop 64 can't be stopped by city. But it can require licenses, reasonable grow regulations, he says.
Powell says she'd like weed tax to be directed toward code and law enforcement.
Powell says thing appear to be going well in Oregon
Now Watkins speaks about smell and complaints. City should look at complaints and how big parcels and gardens are.
Watkins asks about sales tax as to whether Rec marijuana would be covered and when do licenses come in. Duckett says tax is broad enough to cover dispensary sales but not other commercial activities, such as cultivation. But city could get permit fees, he says.
A lot of bouncing back and forth between the first item (discussion of regs) and second agenda item (vote on ban) in council discussion. "I hope we're not cross-pollinating here," Watkins jokes.
Morningstar reiterates her desire for a short-term moratorium. Tammy Brazil suggests bringing in experts and public for ideas on Regs and places to go.
Brazil says she envisions a medical practice boom centered around marijuana, already has spoken with a college about a satellite campus.
She says Eugene has a marijuana-themed farmer's market, with no actual marijuana.
Now Rose Smith asks about the language of urgency ordinance and what it allows. Asks about Prop 64 and if it allows outdoor grows. Attorney says it doesn't change anything.
Now Stacey Lidie speaks, worries there are things in Prop 64 that give law enforcement new powers to go after weed. Attorney acknowledges concern, but doesn't think it would be the club it appears to be.
Next another speaker who says people will ignore limits, especially with low staffing levels of enforcement. Also wonders if people can jerryrig a shed as a compromise.
Also, he worries marijuana grows would reduce property values if they're near large outdoor grows.
Watkins asks about what emergency ordinance looks to for its exemption on "unless expressly permitted." Attorney says it's both for state and SLC laws.
Watkins asks about why it's needed now if Prop doesn't allow licenses for a year. Attorney says it's to prevent "the unknown." People might come in claiming it's allowed under the new law, he says.
Now voting passes unanimously.
Vote 5-0 for temporary ban. I'm headed back to write, look for he recap soon on redding.com