On Tuesday, the Sacramento, CA City Council voted 8-1 to move forward with drafting an ordinance that would ban outdoor marijuana grows in the city.
The council believes outdoor marijuana grows attract too much negative attention and crime, detracting from the city’s efforts to reduce crime and violence. Residents also complained of the smells associated with marijuana grows taking over their neighborhoods.
The ordinance will be drafted by city staffers. City Council members will have the final vote on the ordinance and its wording.
One of the recent instances of crime cited during the meeting involves intruders who were caught by a farmer on his marijuana grow. The homeowner fired gunshots at the trespassers to stop them from stealing his crop. No one was hurt in that situation.
In addition to moving forward with the ordinance, the council also voted 7-2 to keep restrictions for medical marijuana dispensaries. Collectives still cannot be located within 1,000 feet of other dispensaries, 600 feet of schools and parks, or 300 feet or residences.
There are currently 17 medical marijuana collectives in Sacramento.