Environment | Health

California county approves limits on marijuana near tribal lands

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Officials in Yolo County, California, approved an interim marijuana ordinance that bars cultivation within 1,000 feet of tribal lands.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation asked for the limits, The Davis Enterprise reported. The tribe is concerned about outdoor marijuana farms close to its reservation.

"The tribe requested the proposed buffer to ensure the continued use and enjoyment of tribal lands is not impaired by nearby outdoor medical cannabis cultivation," a memo prepared for the board of supervisors reads. "This is a valid basis for county regulation and, as explained further below, the buffer is neither arbitrary nor unreasonable."

The issue was not without controversy, though. The board voted 3-2 at a public meeting on Tuesday to include the buffer in the ordinance after some questioned the tribe's reasoning, The Enterprise reported.

Cultivation of medical marijuana is permissible in the county.

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