Redding’s Urgency Outdoor Pot Garden Ordinance is now a Fixture

An interim urgency ordinance limiting marijuana patients to six plants per residence became permanent this week with a 4-1 vote of the Redding City Council.

At its Tuesday meeting, the council voted to amend the zoning code regarding the outdoor cultivation of marijuana.

The interim urgency ordinance was first enacted in April and then renewed on June 2. During that period, the Redding Planning Commission took up the matter and voted 5-1 to recommend the council amend the code.

The city’s previous ordinance limited outdoor grows to 100 square feet of canopy per patient, with up to three patients per home.

Outdoor grows must be 1,000 feet or more from any library, school, park or other youth-oriented facility. The previous ordinance allowed gardens to within 300 feet. Redding remains the only jurisdiction in Shasta or Tehama counties that allows outdoor pot gardens.

In other action Tuesday, the council:

— Voted 5-0 to approve a plan for the allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant monies. A total of $104,340 was awarded in the public service category.

The recipients were: FaithWORKS! ($20,340); Shasta Senior Nutrition Emergency Food Assistance ($10,000); YMCA Eagle Soar Mentoring Memberships ($8,000); Empire Hotel Alcoholic Rehab Center Detox Program ($15,000); Youth Violence Prevention Council of Shasta County ($15,000); One SAFE Place ($14,000); NVCSS Housing Resource Loan Fund ($5,000); Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council ($7,000); and People of Progress Resource Center and Food Bank ($10,000).

Another $145,500 was awarded in the public improvement/economic development category. Recipients were: MLK Restroom & Recreation Facility ADA Improvements ($ 33,000); Superior California Economic Development ($10,000); Economic Development Corporation ($50,000); Empire Hotel Rehab Center Building Improvements ($32,500); and Shasta Historical Society ADA Restroom Improvements ($20,000).

— Voted 5-0 to appoint Kimberly Ross to a vacant seat on the Shasta Public Library Citizens Advisory Committee. Ross, a Redding resident and a former A News Café contributor, was appointed to the fill the seat vacated by Charles Menoher. Her term ends Nov. 30, 2018.

Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at

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Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at
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11 Responses

  1. Avatar Former Magnolia Neighborhood Resident says:

    While I applaud the Redding City Council for it’s ability to finally make a decision concerning the scourge of outdoor pot gardens, I am so darn glad I sold my Redding home and moved. Why? Grow sites in an old established neighborhood, and the increase in crime attracted by all that outdoor marijuana growing. Do you realize what it’s like to be a long time property owner living in a neighborhood flooded with druggies? Crime increases…… theft, burglary, car theft, etc. After being a crime victim, repeatedly, I sold my wonderful home and garden of 14 years. I no longer felt safe living in Redding. City of Redding elected officials are grasping for funding. Drug funding…….. just follow the money trail….. Good luck!

  2. Avatar Former Magnolia Neighborhood Resident says:

    Will the Redding Police Department protect the medicinal pot growers from the nefarious pot pirates? When will the crime stop? And who will stop it?

  3. Randall R. Smith Randall R. Smith says:

    Medical marijuana growing is a nightmare and I am very sorry for my role in approving its original zoning as a member of the Redding Planning Commission at the first hearing after ballot proposition approval. We were advised by the City Attorney that there was little wiggle room except some form of approval. And we were worried that indoor cultivation could have been a severe burden on R. E. U. as Arcata, CA barely escaped building a new power plant to meet their indoor requirement.

    What bothered me the most and still does is this powerful substance for medicinal use only is the only treatment product for which there is no formal dose, time, amount, route of administration, renewal or condition, only a doctor’s note of permission. New data on what the active compounds do permanently to the developing brain and the wide variety of what people are getting when they take this complex chemical are reasons enough to worry about expanded use.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      The No. 1 reason we don’t know more about marijuana’s medical efficacy is because the federal government classifies it as a schedule 1 substance, making it virtually illegal to conduct research in the United States. That said, there’s plenty of information out there on dosage levels, and a good medicinal cannabis doctor will know this information.

  4. Avatar cheyenne says:

    The WTE, Cheyenne’s newspaper, printed a letter from a Denver resident. The letter writer stated they would not visit Wyoming because they were a MMJ patient and Wyoming had not decriminalized marijuana. I say good don’t come, not because of marijuana but I don’t want anybody on any kind of medication driving from Denver to Cheyenne.
    Which brings up the question. Do these mariuana medical packets have a warning, like all other legitmate prescriptions, that state “Do not drive while using”?

    • Avatar A Brady says:

      Cheyenne- you don’t have to worry about CO residents causing hwy accidents. Your state has its own problems:

      From Alcohol and drugs also continue to contribute to many of Wyoming’s traffic fatalities. According to Wagener, 27 percent of fatal accidents in 2014 involved the use of alcohol, while 11 percent involved other drug use, and another 7 percent involved both.

      Wyoming maintains the highest traffic fatality rate in the country per 100,000 residents, owing in part to its low population and the long distances that can often make it difficult for accident victims to receive swift medical attention.

      Residents of WY don’t feel compelled to wear seatbelts (and they can’t be ticketed). Numbers seem to support that: 65 percent of fatal accidents in Wyoming involved single vehicles, and 61 percent involved victims who were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

      • Avatar cheyenne says:

        From Colorado news last year 12% of DUI’s were marijuana impaired. The I25 sniper has killed three people and shattered several car windows on I25 by Windsor.
        No seat belt law in Wyoming? That’s news to me as they routinely ticket non seat belt drivers, they can’t just pull a car over because of no seat belt use. Cheyenne has posted some of the highest DUI arrests because they don’t use illegal checkpoints but actually patrol the streets in patrol cars. And if you read the LE report in the newspaper the majority of tickets for all offenses are to out of state drivers, most from Colorado.
        You also missed out on Wyoming leading the nation in suicides per captia, we had a whole 22 last year. Because 40% of suicides are native Americans the state has a special task force to determine why.
        Per captia Wyoming leads the nation in many catagories due to its low population including spending on education per student and teacher pay. Wyoming is one of only four states, California not included, that spend more on education than they did in 2008. Wyoming also lets the middle class keep more of their money by not having a state income tax and low fuel tax.
        Climb Wyoming teaches single mothers a trade, from welding to CDL, to make them self sufficent and also has classes to aid them in getting off drugs.
        And the fact of the matter is not only Wyoming but Nebraska and the Dakotas are supplied with all manner of drugs from the Denver drug gangs and that has been documented in all newspapers. So when I tell someone from Denver who says they won’t come to Wyoming because the state hasn’t decriminalized marijuana I say good riddance.

  5. Avatar tweekerbob says:

    Six plants with the right conditions could yeld over 15lbs. Of buds.

    To many trying to make money out of this weed. I say make it totally legal. This
    will cause the price to drop making the weed worthless. With in a few years this weed problem will go away.

    I foresee six trees each being 10’x10′. And weed prices going-up.

  6. Avatar A Brady says:

    “Redding remains the only jurisdiction in Shasta or Tehama counties that allows outdoor pot gardens.”

    I think City of Shasta Lake should be on this list as well.

  7. R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: anyone who grows marijuana in their neighborhood should always check with the neighbors who may be affected by the grow. I realize this presumes people having good manners and a sense of community, which sadly appears lacking judging from the above responses.

  8. Avatar cheyenne says:

    Colorado is spending millions on marijuana research, medical and other effects. One Pennsylvania professor has received a grant from Colorado to study MMJ and how it helps PTSD. Many families have moved to Colorado to receive MMJ treatment.
    Both Wyoming and Utah have approved limited use of cannabis oil while not decriminalizing marijuana possesion. MMJ could be on the 2016 ballot in Wyoming even though many residents oppose recreational MJ.
    In North Bonneville, Washington the city has opened its own MJ shop. The employees are paid $11.00 an hour and as public employees receive all the public benefits. As public employees they are drug tested but are expected to fail the test. Though I would imagine MJ would be the only substance allowed.
    Colorado has entered its second year of hemp farming with almost 3,000 acres licensed by the state. Wyoming is watching the hemp farms very close as the state may allow limited hemp farming in the future.
    I bring all this up as to show other states are moving toward MJ legalization and the feds seem to have a hands off approach. Those in California need to quit blaming the feds and look to Sacramento for difinite rules instead of a hodge podge of misunderstood rulings.
    Colorado lets cities decide if they want pot shops but the cities can’t ban MJ use because state law states it is legal.