Medical marijuana regulation in the county was the subject of a Monday meeting with the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Committee.
The Health and Human Services Committee is chaired by county Supervisors John McCowen and Kendall Smith.
“We agreed on modifying language for the zip-tie provision,” McCowen said Tuesday, “and we are going to recommend that the board amend 9.31 (code) to provide for zip-ties.”
Under new adjustments from Monday, the Public Health Department will be involved with issuing the zip-ties and not the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, McCowen said. He added that 50 percent discounts would be handled on the basis of having a Medi-Cal card, for example.
Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said Tuesday the issuing of zip-ties by the Public Health Department is a good plan, because HIPPA concerns and confidentiality are handled by Public Health.
“We have zip-ties in stock,” Allman said. “I am ready to give them to Public Health as soon as the Board of Supervisors approves it.”
In earlier weeks Mendocino County supervisors approved a price of $25 per zip-tie and zip-tie provisions looked close to becoming part of county code, but a vote by supervisors to advance the ordinance fell 3-2, with yes votes from Supervisors Carre Brown and McCowen.
A complete review of the county’s medical marijuana cultivation ordinance will be coming up in June.
County code also has other provisions in addition to zip-tie regulations including
that a limit of 25 marijuana plants applies regardless of how many qualified medical marijuana patients live on a parcel of land, according to information from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, code also says that a 25-plant limit also applies to marijuana grown or possessed by a primary caregiver for multiple qualified patients.
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By ZACK CINEK The Daily Journal