Medi-pot measure moves on

Petition approved for initiative to replace Measure A

An initiative aimed at establishing new guidelines for the growing and sale of medical marijuana in Butte County has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, county Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs confirmed Wednesday (July 13).

Petitions for the Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Commerce measure, or MC3, were submitted June 6 by Jessica MacKenzie, president of the Inland Cannabis Farmers’ Association. The measure needed 6,177 signatures, and Grubbs said her office stopped counting after that number was reached. The results will be certified at the July 26 Board of Supervisors meeting.

MC3 prescribes rules for the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution, transportation and storage of medical cannabis within the county. If approved by voters, it will replace the current medi-pot growing ordinance (Measure A) and cancel a standing prohibition on dispensaries.