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Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee Meeting Is Scheduled for March 27th to Discuss Proposition 64 Creighton Avila (530) 621-5153 2017-02-22 CAO

Placerville, CA — The Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee will be meeting on March 27th from 3 pm to 5 pm. At the meeting, Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, will be discussed. The conversation on Proposition 64 will include what the proposition allows and does not allow and information on the decision points and administrative steps the County will have to consider.

The location for the meeting has changed. The Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee meeting will now be held at the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room at 330 Fair Lane, Placerville.

The committee is comprised of two members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. The committee members have been collecting information at each of the meetings from different stakeholder groups, members of the public, and County departments regarding each meeting topic (e.g. taxation, compliance, etc.).

Background Information on the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors created the ad hoc advisory committee at its March 15th, 2016 special meeting regarding medical marijuana. During the special meeting, the Board of Supervisors received an overview on the current medical marijuana laws and reports from County departments, stakeholder groups and the public on how medical marijuana policy decisions could affect them. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Board of Supervisors created the ad hoc Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee to collect more information on different medical marijuana topics (e.g. cultivation, dispensaries, compliance, etc.).

The County did not conduct meetings regarding medical marijuana in 2015 due to the major statutory overhauls undertaken by the State of California that resulted in the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), signed in October 2015 and amended in February 2016. The County decided to wait before pursuing updated medical marijuana ordinances to ensure that any updates were consistent with the new State laws and regulations.

To date, the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee has met on six occasions: May 2nd meeting was on the structure of the future meetings, June 20th meeting was on cultivation, June 27th meeting was on niche medical marijuana businesses (e.g. dispensaries, nurseries, etc.), August 22nd meeting was on compliance procedures regarding medical marijuana rules, September 19th meeting was on taxation and fees for medical marijuana, and December 12th meeting was on conceptual changes to the medical marijuana enforcement procedures (e.g. moving towards more of a civil enforcement process).