The Fresno Bee reports councilmembers voted Thursday to introduce a ban on growing pot indoors and in specific outdoor areas that had the required permit. The council at a later date will be asked to adopt the changes.
The action will make growing marijuana illegal everywhere in Fresno. There will be fines for anyone with plants in the ground beyond the abatement deadline - 120 days after the ban's adoption.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the ban is a matter of public safety. He said officers in the past year have investigated 317 complaints of marijuana cultivation.
In January Fresno County became California's first county to ban all pot cultivation. Supervisors cited incidents of violent crime linked to marijuana farming operations.
California's lead agency for marijuana regulation has gone by many names. The Bureau of Cannabis Control is the latest. The change reflects a wider trend away from the term "marijuana" in favor of "cannabis."
Recreational pot businesses will soon be legal in California. A bill in the state Legislature would limit cooperation between state and local law enforcement and the federal agencies when it comes to marijuana activity that's legal under state law.
As California prepares for the roll out of recreational marijuana, some law enforcement groups and lawmakers say they have found an effective new tool for identifying stoned drivers.
The head of the agency tasked with providing permits for sellers of recreational pot told lawmakers the agency will phase in licensing starting January 1, 2018.
(AP) - A handful of California government workers face a difficult task: By Jan. 1, craft regulations that will govern the state's emerging legal pot market.