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Concord Cultivators Bring the Weeds Indoors

Growing medical marijuana plants outside is now illegal in Concord.

Local pot growers may need to do some weeding — or risk a $500 ticket. 

Concord's ban on outdoor medical marijuana cultivation went into effect in late May, meaning that growers need to bring their plants inside and away from public view.

“We want the public to know that the Police Department is now enforcing the ban on outdoor medical marijuana cultivation,” said Chief Guy Swanger as quoted in a city press release. “It is our hope that all growers in Concord will move their operations inside and abide by the new regulations.”

The new ordinance stipulates that indoor cultivation must take place in an occupied residence. Building inspections and permits may be necessary to meet code requirements for those retrofitting property to accommodate indoor cultivation, according to the city. The residence also must not be within 600 feet of a K-12 school.

Growers in the California Medical Marijuana Program are limited to six mature plants or 12 immature plants per patient.

Police personnel will follow-up on any complaints received regarding ordinance infringements, according to the city, by arranging an inspection with the grower. If violations are identified, the cultivator will be informed of the city’s requirements and given 10 days to correct the violations. A re-inspection will occur after 10 days, and if violations are still present, the cultivation will be considered a public nuisance and an administrative citation will be issued, carrying a fine of up to $500. Unpaid fines may result in a lien placed against the property, says the City of Concord. At that point, the city may begin abatement proceedings in Superior Court.

Complaints about outdoor medical marijuana grows will be handled by the Police Department’s Code Enforcement Division, which can be reached at (925) 671-3282 or emailcleanup@ci.concord.ca.us.

What do you think about Concord's outdoor medical marijuana plant ban and the consequences for violators? Share your thoughts in the comments.

michele Zimmerman June 18, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Great idea. I wouldn't want a grow farm next to my house. Would you?
Ned Hoey June 24, 2013 at 02:57 PM
A heavy handed unsophisticated policy designed to oppress patients and please the fearful, ignorant majority. So there isn't a single sufficiently private backyard in all of Concord? And just how will a handful of plants in a garden be an actual and not an imagined threat or harm to neighbors? Isn't Concord a fairly sunny place in the summer? That's endless free energy provided by nature, which by the way produces better medicinal cannabis. Now as the sun shines, growers will be forced to waste costly electricity instead. A better law would have allowed for case by case evaluations.
old concord June 24, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Government at it's worst . The huge majority of people didn't want this law . City government went against the people on this one . Constitution means little here .
Daniel June 25, 2013 at 05:52 AM
Using taxpayer money to trump state law is unconstitutional. Brought to you by 5 city council members who don't have a clue.

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