Planting season

Medical marijuana is a contentious issue in Northern California, and elsewhere. On one hand patients and advocates say it works wonders for some ailments, contending that limiting access to the plant harms patients in need. But detractors say the proliferation of marijuana and poorly regulated cultivation standards have eroded the quality of life and led to increased crime in the North State.

There’s no simple solution.

In 2014 many of those arguments came to a head when Shasta County supervisors in January voted to ban outdoor marijuana grows, but a petition drive followed and collected enough signatures to have the ordinance placed on the November ballot as Measure A.

Ultimately voters approved the ban, and the Record Searchlight chronicled the debate through election day and beyond. These are a few highlights:

>> Supervisors vote to ban outdoor marijuana grows

>> Marijuana petition gathers double number of needed signatures to make ballot

>> Law enforcement braces for busy marijuana grow season / (web)

>> Planting party marks cultivation time

>> Shasta County’s 420 surveillance flight

>> Measure A forum looks at pros, cons of proposed marijuana regulations

>> Money behind Shasta County marijuana ordinance swells as election nears

>> Yes on Measure A press conference met with protests

>> Voters back ban on outdoor marijuana cultivation

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Clay Duda is a freelance journalist specializing in investigative reporting, feature writing, editorial photography, and digital media.