Medical Marijauna was on the Biggs City Council agenda Monday evening with Council members wrestling with how to balance the rights of people who have Medical Marijuana cards with the rights of neighbors to have have to see it, smell it or be subject to potential crime from thieves of it.

    One citizen questioned the need to restrict cultivation 500 feet from schools when the ordinance already requires a secure, windowless, locked, alarmed facility. Three Council members, Bo Sheppard, Angela Thompson and Doug Arnold stated they preferred the 500 foot distance over staff's recommended 300 feet.

  

Medical Marijauna was on the Biggs City Council agenda Monday evening with Council members wrestling with how to balance the rights of people who have Medical Marijuana cards with the rights of neighbors to have have to see it, smell it or be subject to potential crime from thieves of it.
    One citizen questioned the need to restrict cultivation 500 feet from schools when the ordinance already requires a secure, windowless, locked, alarmed facility. Three Council members, Bo Sheppard, Angela Thompson and Doug Arnold stated they preferred the 500 foot distance over staff's recommended 300 feet.
    Mayor Roger Frith stated, "We have to be fair to those in our community who have chosen to grow marijuana; this provides a way to do so without hurting their neighbors."
    The ordinance language change passed unanimously.
    Under the direction of the Biggs City Council, an application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding was completed by City staff to accomplish homeowner assistance and Library access projects.
    A Public Hearing is required for possible citizen input and City Administrator Pete Carr explained the application includes: General Program Administration, $22,500; Homebuyer Assistance with Rehab Program, $200,000; and 10 percent set aside activity - ADA improvements at the City Library $100,000.
    Consultant Lori Adams, of Adams Ashby Group presented a summary of the grant application with possible discussion items for the program, including: Interest rate for program loan (current program norm 0-2 percent); Down payment requirement (current program norm 0-3 percent or flat $1,000); Limit on rehabilitation amount (no current norm established). To read the full story please pick up a 3/23/12 edition of The Gridley Herald. Or call to subscribe to YOUR news. 846-3661