SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento County is moving forward with a proposal to ban all commercial marijuana activities. The first vote passed 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon. The final vote will happen in two weeks.

“I think we’re burying our head in the sand,” said Supervisor Patrick Kennedy, the lone nay vote.

Kennedy disagrees with the proposed pot business ban.

“We’re already behind the 8-ball on this. It’s happening in the neighborhoods now,” said Kennedy speaking about illegal operations. “If we don’t act now, we’re just going to see it grow in a way that is totally irresponsible for the community.”

The proposal prohibits cultivation, manufacturing of things like edibles and oils, lab testing, distribution or sale of anything related to marijuana. The proposed ordinance would allow personal cultivation. People can grow nine plants inside their home.

Supporters say the ban will allow the county to wait and see how other communities handle legalization.

“If we hold steady and say we don’t want these in our communities then at least the stigma is there,” said Anne Marie Schubert

The district attorney and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department also support the ban. But the agency tasked with enforcement aired some issues at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Although we may dress like police officers, we are not police officers,” said Rachel Sutherland from the podium.

Sutherland is a code enforcement officer she investigates housing, zoning, and vehicle violations. Her office is also responsible for cracking down on illegal marijuana businesses. They are at times accompanied by a sheriff’s department deputy.

“The line between peace officer and code enforcement officer has blurred,” said Sutherland, “it will become even more blurry when you have us doing full on drug enforcement activity.”

She is pushing for more support from the sheriff’s department or to hand over the marijuana enforcement job entirely to them.

“It’s clearly incumbent upon us to make sure they have the all the necessary training if we’re going to send them to these grows,” said Kennedy.

Comments (9)
  1. Pot is an addictive, dangerous drug.
    Ever look into the cold eyes of a pothead, listen as he slurs his speech, hold your nose as his pot odor stinks up the room?
    Or the robberies, gun battles, and deals-gone-bad near dispensaries and grow sites?
    Or the pot dealer cash that greases the underground economy?
    Is that how you want your community to be known by?
    Pot shops will scare away legitimate businesses, forcing the county to become more dependent on the criminals for sales and business tax revenues.

    The same idiots who defend and use pot, are the same ones who blow their paychecks on the drug and then are three weeks late with the rent.
    Irresponsible losers trying to escape reality, that’s all they really are.

    1. Austin Lange says:

      I really hope you are just being sarcastic?
      If not, then you are clearly displaying your ignorance of cannabis.

      There is nothing wrong with legalizing and regulating cannabis. If you are really concerned for the well being of others, then logically, you must also support the prohibition of alcohol again. Remember how that worked out?

      What really confuses me and makes me ask questions is why does the District Attorney’s and Sheriff’s opinion matter? We don’t pay them to lobby for or against laws that we the people vote on. They are there to enforce the law we decide on. Since when did they get to lobby for or against laws? I am so tired of seeing this in our Nation. Millions of people have voted in multiple states to legalize and decriminalize cannabis and yet we still have law enforcement fighting the process.WHY? I know why, money!

    2. Oh please. How old are you? I’m guessing you are an old white guy. Have you ever tried pot? Probably not, thus you have no firsthand knowledge. Do so research before you comment

      1. and sorry Austin – this comment appear to reply to you but in fact was for Josef Dietrich

    3. you are an idiot. live my pain. Nerve pain 24/7. all day every day. ingesting and rubbing CBD oil gives the best pain relied and I am NOT high. . you are an uneducated moron

  2. You can bet federal Dept. of Justice will pull federal funds from communities that openly violate anti-narcotics laws.

  3. How shortsighted, the voters voted to legalize recreational use, it’s the will of the people. The county should be regulating and taxing it, not listing to the right wingers shouting that it’s the end of the world! I suggest that a few supervisors take a trip to Colorado and see how it’s handled there instead of burying their heads in the sand with a wait and see attitude. Ridiculous, the voters have voted, the county needs to follow through.

  4. Mark Tele says:

    We’ve had a few chances (elections) to replace Susan Peters, my pro-developer, anti-cannabis supervisor – who has a questionable past (Mather). Most people in this district seem to be unaware / apathetic and very few bother to cast a vote for supervisor. And this is what happens – a total disregard for the will of the people.