Medical marijuana ordinances will once again be a topic of discussion Tuesday at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Starting after the general public comment period at 1:30 p.m., the supervisors will consider approving an ordinance that would govern the indoor cultivation of medical marijuana in single-family residences and detached buildings. Supervisors will also consider a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.
Staff have prepared three options for the supervisors to consider in regards to indoor medicinal cultivation. The first option would keep indoor cultivations limited to 50 square feet. The second option would limit a cultivation space to 100 square feet, and the third option would allow grows beyond 50 square feet but under 100 square feet if certain standards are met.
County staff are recommending the first alternative, which would allow an indoor grow of 50 square feet with plants up to 10 feet tall. Grow lights in a residence wouldn’t be allowed to exceed 1,200 watts total, and grows wouldn’t be permitted in kitchens, bathrooms or bedrooms.
The second alternative is similar to the first except it would allow an indoor grow of 100 square feet wide with plants up to 10 feet tall. Grow lights in a residence wouldn’t be allowed to exceed 2,400 watts total, and the grow area would be required to have more than one electrical circuit.
The third option would allow 50-square-foot grows as laid out in alternative one. In addition, it would allow 50- to 100-square-foot grows on parcels more than one acre in size, with a 50-foot setback from the nearest property line.
Supervisors will also discuss adopting a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries due to the recent crackdown on such facilities by the federal government. If approved, the moratorium would go into effect for 45 days. In order to be extended, another public hearing would need to take place. The moratorium wouldn’t apply to the three currently permitted collectives in the county but to applications in the works.
Earlier in the day at 9:30 a.m., the supervisors will discuss adopting waste franchise agreements with Recology Humboldt County for the unincorporated Blue Lake/Fieldbrook area and an agreement with Humboldt Sanitation Company Inc. for the unincorporated northwestern area of the county.
The agreement with Recology would allow people to have curbside recycling using a system in which recyclables are placed in a blue bag on the curb next to their garbage carts. The new recycling program would charge customers an additional $4 for participating. Garbage rates would also increase on Jan. 1 by 8.65 percent, from $23 to $24.99 a month for a 30-gallon trash bin.
Under the agreement with Humboldt Sanitation, the county would enter into a 20-year agreement effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2031. The company would be expected to provide single-stream recycling and automated collection equipment services by Jan. 1, 2013.
If the agreement is approved, the monthly service rate for the average household with a 30-gallon trash can will remain at $25.45 a month. When curbside recycling starts in 2013, the price will jump to $29.36 a month with a $4 additional charge for recycling. Customers will be given 35-gallon trash cans.
For the complete meeting agenda and supporting documents, visit online at www. co.humboldt.ca.us/board/ agenda/questys/.
IF YOU GO:
What: Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting
Where: Supervisors Chamber, first floor, Humboldt County Courthouse, 825 Fifth St.
When: 9 a.m. Tuesday
Megan Hansen can be reached at 441-0511 or [email protected]