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City of Taft prepares to make cannabis ordinance

Photo: MGN, file

The city of Taft is taking steps toward regulating the use of marijuana.

The city posted 18-pages of potential rules. In November, voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

Prop 64 allows anyone over 21 to smoke marijuana, grow six plants, and posses 8 grams of weed.

Kern County's current statute is as follows: Outdoor growing will have a 150-acre maximum, and indoor growing will have a 2 million-square-foot maximum.

Meanwhile, processing and packaging will have a 500,000-square-foot limit.

All must be one mile from schools, parks, day cares and youth centers.

As for processing and packaging, the mayor of Taft, Dave Noerr, is concerned that labeling won't be enough.

"How are we going to keep this away from the youth, the young people?" said Noerr. "Well one of the things we're going to do is put a warning label on the side of all the containers. ... That has worked very well with alcohol and cigarettes, now hasn't it? Not at all."

The mayor said the proposed ordinance will not take away the individuals' right to use marijuana, but limits do need to be established.

Noerr said that the undesirable aspects of the industry outways the good, especially for the safety of the community.

"Will I as a representative to the people of Taft be alright with losing innocent lives in order to increase tax to the city of Taft? There's not enough money out there to make me OK with that," said Noerr.

The mayor of Taft is opposed to having more marijuana around the community and it's youth but said he is just one of five council members.

There will be a public meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, where public comments will be taken.

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