Council Notes: City prohibits medical pot
by TP staff
Jun 07, 2012 | 4858 views | 12 12 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Growing medical marijuana might be legal under California law, but it will no longer be an allowed practice under city of Tracy code.

The City Council on Tuesday, June 5, voted 5-0 to update its municipal code to make growing pot an unacceptable use of property, even if the holder has a medical marijuana card, according to Assistant City Attorney Bill Sartor.

“A medical marijuana card would provide no defense” when it comes to code enforcement, he said.

Under the amended statute, city code enforcement may issue abatement notices to anyone found growing medical marijuana.

If people follow through with the abatement appeal process, said code enforcement head Ana Contreras, the process could take quite some time. Contreras did not give a direct answer, however, about how long the timeframe might be in that circumstance.

Police Chief Gary Hampton favored the vote, which followed a Nov. 15 council discussion about the disruptive force growers can be in their neighborhoods. At that meeting, Hampton told the council it was his experience that even state-legal grow operations attract crime — especially other people trying to steal the cultivated pot.

It remains illegal to grow marijuana for any purpose under federal law.

Sartor added the state Legislature has recently considered and failed to pass a bill that would prevent California cities from outlawing the cultivation of medical marijuana.



Sign accepted

The council also unanimously approved a change to the municipal code so the city can accept a sign from several Tracy service clubs.

The sign — paid for by the Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis and Soroptimist clubs in town — would welcome motorists driving east on 11th Street near Tracy’s western entrance. Senior planner Victoria Lombardo said an exact location hasn’t yet been determined.

Lombardo added that the language approved by the council would allow similar signs to be posted at other entrances to the city, in case other service organizations also wish to display their shingles.

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Phourdub
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June 08, 2012
Thank u l will maybe u need to start. god never made junk he made people and people made junk Im 32 with two of the best kids ever and my life is great i don't worrie bout stupid people or stupid thing people do i only care bout my family i thing u people r the reason Tracy is gettin so @#*& up life is what u and only u make it so sorry but that's y i think some people should have been swallowed
newtotracy
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June 08, 2012
sorry you feel that way...glad your life is great.

but until you have hundreds of pot plants growing in your neighborhood and worry about the crime it may bring...don't allude that I'm the reason Tracy is getting messed up. I'm living what the council voted to stop...and I for one am thankful!

I don't often agree with the mayor and council members, but this time...they hit a homerun!!!

Go on not worrying about what others do, but don't complain when someone does something that affects your life...because you just stated that you don't care about that. I care about everyone...and I pay attention to what they do. That way, I don't get hit by a car crossing the street, because I pay attention to what the other folks are doing. You aren't the ONLY person on the planet...or the only family. We all have to co-exist here.

Maybe the problem is actually that nobody cares about anyone else. If they did...the world would be a lot better place.
Phourdub
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June 08, 2012
First off all humans have greed in them just like every one hates ain't the land of the free y buy land if u got restrictions on what u r aloud to do with your land that's like some one with a loud music comin out of a house and a neighbor yells at u to turn it down whos pg&e is it y pay for water that taste like poo and grow your own medications so u don't have to pay a club not every one can afford to pay. over 30,000 thing pot helps with. The more laws the state makes the more corrupt it is. And that reality we Americans have to face the more the richer get richer the poorer get poorer.
rock-on
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June 08, 2012
Keep smoking your dope… I can see how your clearly making sense.
newtotracy
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June 08, 2012
I'm not even sure what you're ranting about since a) you have a ginormous run-on sentence and b) you speak in text-ese which is not something that many people speak. But let me see if I can cull something meaningful from your post.

Yes...humans are greedy...this is a fact...and something that cannot be changed unless you kill all of the humans...which is not a viable option.

There are restrictions on land use because some people are too stupid or possibly greedy to understand that there are inappropriate places to have certain uses. For instance...a farm in the middle of town...or a nuclear reactor in the middle of the downtown area. Neither is beneficial to the surrounding area...and that is why we ELECT officials to help set guidelines. Granted, often the elected officials are as stupid/greedy as those we're trying to protect against. :-(

As to the loud music...um...yes, as a citizen I have a right to live my life...and if you want to blast your music at concert level...that disturbs MY right to live my life as I wish. Therefore, there are sound ordinances (that should be upheld better...bass cars, I'm looking at you!) to protect us all.

-cont-
newtotracy
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June 08, 2012
Not sure where PG&E came in...that just doesn't fit with anything.

Water is provided by the city if you live in town. If yours tastes like poo...call the city and let them know. They can run tests and make sure your water system is ok. I have city water and it does NOT taste like poo...in fact, Tracy water is some of the better city water I've had.

If you think that growing your own medications because you can't afford to join a club or you don't want to pay their prices...um...ok...so I don't want to pay the prices at the gas pump. I'm going to explore for oil in my backyard (which let's just pretend is next to yours). Because of this, your water now tastes like oil instead of poo...and there are people constantly jumping my fence to steal my oil. Oh, and they come through your yard and maybe see that you have a nice TV and break in and steal it.

That's the issue with the grow houses. Not one comment has been against the person growing a few plants for personal use...and we all support legalization. But currently, it IS illegal to have pot...and therefore it's a criminal feast. I live near a nice big growhouse and people are always eyeballing it, jumping the fence and stealing things...you name it. Not good for everyone else.

Laws don't make the state corrupt...corporations and the uber-rich pumping money into the campaigns of corrupt politicians make the state corrupt. Until we stop that...yes, the rich will get richer and us poor we'll just keep sinking.

You are attacking the wrong people here. I'm pretty sure even the TPD would favor legalization...it would make their jobs easier!
Phourdub
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June 08, 2012
Watch even the small ones will have problems with the cops i under stand big crops r bull but there r small ones just for them self that will have problems to and that is bull soon it will b legal and no one will b able to stop them just like beer almost all states r small there and it ant a waist of property cause if u own the land u can use it for what u want to its yours right
rock-on
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June 08, 2012
That’s exactly the point… the “small ones” would not be a problem, because they would go un-detected and private. No one is going to know, or care about a couple plants. This is a case of the greedy pot farm growers ruining it for the people who truly need medicinal marijuana. They should blame themselves for this. And besides… folks who need medicinal marijuana can go purchase it from dispensaries, the same way I purchase my medicine from CVS. And…. NO!….residents do NOT have the right to do whatever they want on their property if it negatively effects neighboring residences. There are mountains of evidence that residential marijuana grows create attractive nuisances, where innocent people get KILLED. Like it or not, this is the reality.
newtotracy
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June 07, 2012
so when does this WONDERFUL amendment go into effect? I'm all for legalization, but even then...growing does NOT belong in a neighborhood...that would called "farming" and would belong...on a farm. Now, a couple of plants...like I do with my tomatoes...that's another story...but only if pot itself is legalized.

If you take the illegal aspect out of pot, then the crime will also abate. So a couple of plants...no issue for me. But a crop? No. Just the same as if I were to plow up my yard and put in an orchard...people would probably get upset that I wasn't zoned properly.

I just want to know when I can expect the pretty large house near me to get their notices...I know the PD knows about them!
rock-on
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June 07, 2012
*LIKE*
storkfmny
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June 07, 2012
If a person grows their own medicine for personal use, no one will know it's even there to steal.

It is when the grow for profit young gang type people showing off their cash crop to their criminal friends that cause problems.

Once again, the law abiding public loses rights to "prevent" what the criminal population does anyway.

Just like banning guns only takes them from the ones who obey the laws.
rock-on
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June 07, 2012
Storkfmny, you are exactly right. Legitimate medicinal marijuana users don’t need to have “obviously sizable grow operations” to produce enough pot for their own use. These larger residential neighborhood grow operations are hiding under the “medicinal marijuana disguise”, and in doing so, selfishly attract thugs to come steal the stuff. It’s sad when the gangs are given the wrong address then raid & (and in some cases kill) innocent people who are unlucky enough to live next door to this garbage. Pot heads are so concerned about their rights to grow stuff… even if that mean innocent people getting killed. If the federal government would just legalize, regulate & tax, all these problems would hush down into the noise level.


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