OROVILLE >> On the Butte County Board of Supervisors agenda will be the recently-qualified marijuana initiative and the state of Jefferson.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the supervisors chambers, 25 County Center Drive.
More than 10,000 petitions were submitted last month to the Butte County Clerk”s Office for an initiative regarding supervisors” right to regulate medical marijuana cultivation. The office said 8,318 signatures were verified in a random sampling, and only 7,605 were needed.
The initiative proposes to do two things: Re-establish a previous version of medical marijuana growing regulations in the county, and prohibit the supervisors from amending cultivation rules without putting it up for a vote of the people. Supervisors can either adopt the initiative”s provision without alteration, or put it on the November ballot. This is the last item on the day”s agenda.
In the case of the State of Jefferson discussion, the supervisors will talk about it at 9:30 a.m.
Supervisors will consider a declaration to the state Legislature that Butte County supports withdrawal from California.
The issue of the State of Jefferson came up in several elections this month, including ones in Tehama, Del Norte and Siskiyou counties.
In Tehama County, more than 50 percent of voters approved support for joining the State of Jefferson. Support was turned down in Del Norte County in a 59 to 41 percent vote. In an unrelated contest last week, Siskiyou County voters turned down the idea to change the county”s name to Republic of Jefferson. The county already voted its support in 2013.
Elected officials in Glenn, Modoc, Siskiyou and Yuba counties have already voted support to secede from California.
Reasons vary, but most often supporters say California mostly ignores residents of rural areas, instead paying attention to metro and populated areas.
In order for any part of the state to withdraw from California, the state Legislature and then Congress would have to approve.