Santa Rosa Planning Commission rejects ban on commercial growing of medical pot

A temporary ban on the commercial cultivation of medical marijuana was rejected Thursday by the Santa Rosa Planning Commission over concerns about criminalizing an activity that is rapidly gaining wide acceptance and is headed toward legalization.

Commissioners agreed that the ban, which was proposed to help the city preserve local control of marijuana cultivation, made little sense given a council subcommittee’s recent decision to go in a different direction.

A City Council marijuana subcommittee voted unanimously earlier this week to…

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