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.
The City of Sacramento says it needs more time to create new rules for marijuana cultivation. Currently marijuana dispensaries and collectives are the only entities allowed to grow pot in the city.
In June, voters in the City of Sacramento may be asked to support a 5 percent tax on medical marijuana cultivation with the money going to youth programs. The idea comes from a city councilman. Three other council members have expressed reservations.
The Sacramento City Council Law and Legislation Committee has approved taking another step towards changing the city zoning law for growing medical marijuana.
The Sacramento City Council Law and Legislation Committee has approved changes to the city's medical marijuana ordinance. The changes will next go before the full council.
Sacramento's finance director told a city council committee it should consider asking voters to approve a 10 percent tax in anticipation of statewide legalization of recreational marijuana.