Wednesday, March 24, 2010

99-plant medical pot limit given initial approval; final vote in April

A 99-plant maximum for permitted marijuana growers is the new limit after the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 3-2 to adopt a set of changes to its ordinance governing medical marijuana cultivation, codified as Chapter 9.31 of the county code.

Matthew Cohen of Northstone Organics Cooperative, Inc. said he was "ecstatic" about the new regulations 9.31 imposes. Northstone grows marijuana for 250 patients in nine Bay Area counties, all of it tested by Steep Hill Labs of Oakland for quality.

"This is an incredibly progressive step forward for Mendocino County," Cohen said. "Before long we're going to have tested, certified organic, regulated product for medical cannabis patients."

Steep Hill Labs tests for mold, bacteria and pesticide residues, and representatives said the organization applied to be a third-party investigator under the new 9.31 provisions.

Under the new ordinance, collectives or patients applying for the 99-plant permit can hire a third-party investigator instead of having the Sheriff's Office investigate the grow site for compliance.


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